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ˈfɔr trɪsfortress

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fortress, fortnoun

    a fortified defensive structure


  1. fortressnoun

    A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security.

  2. fortressverb

    To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify.

  3. Etymology: forteresce, from

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fortressnoun

    A strong hold; a fortified place; a castle of defence.

    Etymology: forteresse, French.

    Breaking forth like a sudden tempest, he over-ran all, breaking down all the holds and fortresses. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    The trump of death sounds in their hearing shrill;
    Their weapon, faith; their fortress was the grave. Edward Fairfax.

    God is our fortress, in whose conqu’ring name
    Let us resolve to scale their flinty bulwarks. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    There is no such way to give defence to absurd doctrines, as to guard them round about with legions of obscure and undefined words; which yet makes these retreats more like the dens of robbers, or holes of foxes, than the fortresses of fair warriors. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fortressnoun

    a fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security

  2. Fortressverb

    to furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify


  1. Fortress

    Fortress is a 1992 science fiction film directed by Stuart Gordon and shot at Warner Brothers Movie World in Queensland, Australia. The story takes place in a dystopian future. The main character in the movie, John Henry Brennick and his wife Karen B. Brennick are sent to a maximum security prison because they are expecting a second child, which is against strict one-child policies. It was followed by a sequel, Fortress 2: Re-Entry in 1999.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fortress

    for′tres, n. a fortified place: a defence.—v.t. (Shak.) to guard. [O. Fr. forteresse, another form of fortelesce (q.v. under Fortalice).]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fortress

    Is a fortified city or town, or any piece of ground so strongly fortified as to be capable of resisting an attack carried on against it, according to rule. Also, as a verb, to furnish with fortresses; to guard; to fortify.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortress in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fortress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fortress in a Sentence

  1. Collings Foundation:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were on that flight and we will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley, the Collings Foundation flight team is fully cooperating with officials to determine the cause of the crash of the B-17 Flying Fortress and will comment further when details become known.

  2. John Bellinger:

    This is an absurd proposal to build a Fortress America and pull up the drawbridges.

  3. Sandeep Khandelwal:

    It was a bare, beautiful, raw old fortress, sitting in the middle of a small village of Bishangarh, untouched for years, we took our inspiration from the fort's history and carefully wove the visual vocabulary to keep it true to its original form.

  4. Amr Ezzat:

    Any religious modernization will ultimately be against al-Azhar, since it is the conservative fortress in the system.

  5. Tim Soutphommasane:

    In the past, this had its most potent expression in the form of the Fortress Australia immigration policy.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. loom
    • B. abase
    • C. abhor
    • D. affront

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