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fort

A fort is a place that's made strong and secure enough to be defended during a war. Although it’s usually a military word, you can also make a fort with chairs and a blanket to defend against annoying little siblings.

A fort can also be called a fortress or a fortification, although typically a fortress describes a larger structure or a series of structures, while a fort is usually only one. All of these words come from the Latin word fortis for "strong, mighty, or brave.” Traditionally, forts have been strongly defended, with thick stone walls and other elements protecting them from invaders. Today in the US, some forts are simply military bases. Others are simply in the living room.

Definitions of fort
  1. noun
    a fortified defensive structure
    synonyms: fortress
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    Alhambra
    a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
    Bastille
    a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution
    Tower of London
    a fortress in London on the Thames; used as a palace and a state prison and now as a museum containing the crown jewels
    Machu Picchu
    Inca fortress city in the Andes in Peru discovered in 1911; it may have been built in the 15th century
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    alcazar
    any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
    martello tower
    a circular masonry fort for coastal defence
    presidio
    a fortress established in the southwestern United States by the Spanish in order to protect their missions and other holdings
    sconce
    a small fort or earthwork defending a ford, pass, or castle gate
    type of:
    defence, defense, defensive structure
    a structure used to defend against attack
  2. noun
    a fortified military post where troops are stationed
    synonyms: garrison
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    Fort George Gordon Meade
    a United States Army base in Maryland; headquarters of the National Security Agency
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    military post, post
    military installation at which a body of troops is stationed
  3. verb
    enclose by or as if by a fortification
    synonyms: fortify
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    trench
    fortify by surrounding with trenches
    embattle
    fortify by furnishing with battlements for defense
    type of:
    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
  4. verb
    station (troops) in a fort
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    type of:
    place, post, send, station
    assign to a station
  5. verb
    gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense
    synonyms: fort up
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    assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet
    collect in one place
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