Definitions

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  • adj. Resembling a fortress in shape or impregnability.

Etymologies

fortress + -like (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In a cramped conference room known as the "submarine" inside the fortresslike New York Fed, more than a dozen employees who constituted the institution's AIG task force were working marathon days, crammed elbow to elbow around a long wooden conference table.

    AIG, a symbol of financial crisis, repays bailout loan and finds new foothold

  • Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the forbidding, fortresslike Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have “resurrected” other patients who were lost in the void.

    Exploring the Noir and the Grotesque

  • Angry demonstrators filled the streets and city squares surrounding Cairo's fortresslike ministry of interior, which oversees the police, chanting against Egypt's interim ruling military regime and lobbing rocks at police.

    Egypt's Police Face Fallout From Riot

  • The perpetrators likely had ties to organized crime, according to Ulrich Boser, author of "The Gardner Heist," who says most art thieves are common crooks -- the class of criminal who would probably be flummoxed by Washington's high-profile museums, which are fortresslike and ringed by bollards.

    Heist-proof museums? U.S. buildings aided by design, location

  • The station house was one of those fortresslike concrete structures, painted green on the outside, with heavy green entrance doors, and adorned with old-fashioned gas lamps near the entrance.

    Dancing with the Devil

  • These were the fortresslike offices of the reformist newspaper Khordad, where journalists saw themselves on a mission to liberalize Iranian thinking.

    Let the Swords Encircle Me

  • Safdie also designed the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a fortresslike behemoth with a distinctive curving arcade, near the corner of New York and Florida avenues in Northeast.

    The architecture of the U.S. Institute of Peace on the mall

  • The fortresslike U.S. Embassy compound the size of ten football fields that has been dropped into central Baghdad is so large that erecting it diverted money targeted for Iraqi reconstruction, as well as for Afghanistan.

    Magic and Mayhem

  • The Old City was surrounded by a fortresslike wall constructed by Suleiman the Magnificent in A.D.

    Vince Flynn Collectors’ Edition #2

  • Outside, the full moon had reached its apex, shining down on the fortresslike old house on the hill.

    The Night Of the Solstice

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