Definitions for bastion
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bastion.
a group that defends a principle
"a bastion against corruption"; "the last bastion of communism"
a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
a projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
a well-fortified position; a stronghold or citadel
a person, or thing, who strongly defends some principle
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A huge mass of earth, usually faced with sods, sometimes with brick, rarely with stone, standing out from a rampart, of which it is a principal part, and was anciently called a bulwark. John Harris
Etymology: bastion, Fr.
Toward: but how? ay there’s the question;
Fierce the assault, unarm’d the bastion. Matthew Prior.
A bastion or bulwark is a structure projecting outward from the curtain wall of a fortification, most commonly angular in shape and positioned at the corners of the fort. The fully developed bastion consists of two faces and two flanks, with fire from the flanks being able to protect the curtain wall and the adjacent bastions. Compared with the medieval fortifications they replaced, bastion fortifications offered a greater degree of passive resistance and more scope for ranged defense in the age of gunpowder artillery. As military architecture, the bastion is one element in the style of fortification dominant from the mid 16th to mid 19th centuries.
A bastion is a strongly fortified position or place that provides a solid or secure position. It can refer to a physical structure, like a part of a fortification in military terms, or it can describe a figurative stronghold or defense in terms of ideas, principles, or organizations.
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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bast′yun, n. a kind of tower at the angles of a fortification.—adj. Bast′ioned. [Fr.—O. Fr. bastir, to build.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A work consisting of two faces and two flanks, all the angles being salient. Two bastions are connected by means of a curtain, which is screened by the angle made by the prolongation of the corresponding faces of two bastions, and flanked by the line of defense. Bastions contain, sheltered by their parapets, marksmen, artillery, platform, and guards. They are protected by galleries of mines, and by demi-lunes and lunettes outside the ditch, and by palisades, if the ditch is inundated. The faces of the bastion are the parts exposed to being enfiladed by ricochet batteries, and also to being battered in breach.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bastion is ranked #56588 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Bastion surname appeared 361 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bastion.
90.5% or 327 total occurrences were White.
3.3% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.7% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.6% or 6 total occurrences were Black.
1.6% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
The numerical value of bastion in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of bastion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
The NFL may be the last bastion of football in 50 years, because I can imagine the slow death of the sport creeping up from the youth level, if we keep finding out about the long-term effects of brain damage caused by the game, it's hard to imagine many parents will allow their children to play. Maybe high school and college football go away. And maybe football becomes more like MMA -- a sport that has relatively few participants, but enough to entertain the masses, with athletes willing to take obvious health risks to achieve money and fame.
It's important to remember that Charles was a white Alabaman, he was the photographer at the Montgomery Advertiser -- hardly a bastion of integration -- who became very sympathetic to the movement. I knew Charles pretty well, and he had many sides to him -- sides he was able to reconcile and that allowed him to shoot with a deep understanding of so many different points of view. He was not parachuting into these marches and protests in the South. He had roots there and was fully engaged.
It was the last remaining bastion of alpha and a sector where many hedge funds were hiding. Now it has succumbed.
And as far as I'm concerned, I won't abandon this bastion, at least of my own free will.
This is the last bastion of cage confinement in industrial ag.
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Translations for bastion
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- bastióCatalan, Valencian
- προμαχώνας, έπαλξη, προπύργιοGreek
- puolestapuhuja, bastioni, linnakeFinnish
- uporište, bedemSerbo-Croatian
- befästning, bastionSwedish
- pháo đàiVietnamese
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