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

  • noun A military post, especially one that is permanently established.
  • noun The troops stationed at a military post.
  • transitive verb To assign (troops) to a military post.
  • transitive verb To supply (a post) with troops.
  • transitive verb To occupy as or convert into a military post.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A body of troops stationed in a fort or fortified town to defend or guard it, or to keep the inhabitants in subjection.
  • noun A fort, castle, or fortified town furnished with troops to defend it.
  • To place troops in, as a fortress, for defense; furnish with soldiers: as, to garrison a fort or town.
  • To secure or defend by fortresses manned with troops: as, to garrison a conquered territory.
  • To put upon garrison duty.

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

  • noun A body of troops stationed in a fort or fortified town.
  • noun A fortified place, in which troops are quartered for its security.
  • noun in the condition of a garrison; doing duty in a fort or as one of a garrison.
  • transitive verb To place troops in, as a fortification, for its defense; to furnish with soldiers.
  • transitive verb To secure or defend by fortresses manned with troops.

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

  • noun A permanent military post.
  • noun The troops stationed at such a post.
  • noun Occupants.
  • verb To assign troops to a military post.
  • verb To convert into a military fort.

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

  • verb station (troops) in a fort or garrison
  • noun United States abolitionist who published an anti-slavery journal (1805-1879)
  • noun the troops who maintain and guard a fortified place
  • noun a fortified military post where troops are stationed

Etymologies

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

[Middle English garison, fortified place, from Old French, from garir, to defend, of Germanic origin; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French garison, guarison, from Frankish, ultimately of Germanic origin; compare guard, ward.

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