- Fortification. a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification that forms an irregular pentagon attached at the base to the main work.
- a fortified place.
- anything seen as preserving or protecting some quality, condition, etc.: a bastion of solitude; a bastion of democracy.
Origin of bastion
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Examples from the Web for bastion
The tweets linking to the National Review, that bastion of LGBT equality.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
But that was not to be, and Kansas will continue as a Republican bastion for the foreseeable future.Kansas Republicans Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback Lifted by Rising Tide
November 5, 2014
Fairfax County, the most populous jurisdiction in the state, was once a Republican bastion.Virginia Election: 5 Things to Watch Tuesday
November 5, 2013
Kentucky, a bastion of anti-government ire, is the top state for Obamacare enrollment.Obamacare Is Winning in Kentucky, Thanks to Steve Beshear
October 17, 2013
Kaine could be boosted by his subcommittee, a bastion of support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.How Tim Kaine Can Boost the Peace Process
July 31, 2013
We sat in a corner of the bastion, so that we could see everything on both sides.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
It was a flat mesa rising sharply as a sort of bastion from the rim-rock.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
We go out by an entrance on to a bastion, flanking the gate.At the Point of the Bayonet
G. A. Henty
Continuing along the bastion the limit of the northern wall is soon reached.Exeter
Captain Neville, into the battery, and fire twenty rounds at the bastion!White Lies
- a projecting work in a fortification designed to permit fire to the flanks along the face of the wall
- any fortified place
- a thing or person regarded as upholding or defending an attitude, principle, etcthe last bastion of opposition
Word Origin and History for bastion
1560s, from Middle French bastillon, diminutive of Old French bastille "fortress, tower, fortified, building," from Old Provençal bastir "build," perhaps originally "make with bast" (see baste (v.1)).