Definitions for bastionˈbæs tʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bas•tionˈbæs tʃən(n.)

  1. a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification that forms an irregular pentagon attached at the base to the main work.

    Category: Fortification

  2. a fortified place.

  3. anything seen as preserving some quality, condition, etc.:

    a bastion of democracy.

Origin of bastion:

1590–1600; < MF < It bastione < Upper It bastí(a) bastion, orig., fortified, built < Gmc

bas′tioned(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bastion(noun)

    a group that defends a principle

    "a bastion against corruption"; "the last bastion of communism"

  2. bastion, citadel(noun)

    a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle

  3. bastion(noun)

    projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

Wiktionary

  1. bastion(Noun)

    a projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

  2. bastion(Noun)

    a well-fortified position; a stronghold or citadel

  3. bastion(Noun)

    a person, or thing, who strongly defends some principle

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bastion(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Bastion

    A bastion is an angular structure projecting outward from the curtain wall of an artillery fortification. The fully developed bastion consists of two faces and two flanks with fire from the flanks being able to protect the curtain wall and also the adjacent bastions. It is one element in the style of fortification dominant from the mid 16th to mid 19th centuries. Bastion fortifications offered a greater degree of passive resistance and more scope for ranged defense in the age of gunpowder artillery compared with the medieval fortifications they replaced.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

bastion(noun)

a person, place or thing which acts as a defence

He's one of the last bastions of the old leisurely way of life.

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