Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A projecting part of a fortification.
  • noun A well-fortified position.
  • noun One that upholds or defends something, as against neglect or unpopularity: synonym: bulwark.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In fortification, a mass of earth, faced with sods, brick, or stones, standing out from a rampart, of which it is a principal part.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Fort.) A work projecting outward from the main inclosure of a fortification, consisting of two faces and two flanks, and so constructed that it is able to defend by a flanking fire the adjacent curtain, or wall which extends from one bastion to another. Two adjacent bastions are connected by the curtain, which joins the flank of one with the adjacent flank of the other. The distance between the flanks of a bastion is called the gorge. A lunette is a detached bastion. See ravelin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
  • noun a well-fortified position; a stronghold or citadel
  • noun figuratively a person, or thing, who strongly defends some principle

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
  • noun projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
  • noun a group that defends a principle

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French bastillon, from bastille, fortress; see bastille.]

Examples

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  • An open projecting work at the corner of a fortification. Defensive projection from the main wall or fortress, either a platform or a small tower.

    August 24, 2008

  • Bam to behold, a public bulletin board, built of both brilliance and barbarity by bastards with boners. This bastion, no mere bulwark of boredom, is a brutal barrage of blistering bullshit, barely benevolent... but behind the bigotry and boobs, beyond the bitter broadcasts of bragging buffoons: here be the body politic. A brotherhood of blasphemy, blessed with more balls than brains, battling the bland, the bogus, the benign. Bedlam? Bring it on. But I babble... better to be brief.

    You may call me /b/.

    March 18, 2011

  • Some fourchan meme innit?

    March 18, 2011