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fortification

[fawr-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌfɔr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of fortifying or strengthening.
2.
something that fortifies or protects.
3.
the art or science of constructing defensive military works.
4.
Often, fortifications. military works constructed for the purpose of strengthening a position; a fort:
Supposedly impregnable, the fortifications were quickly overrun.
5.
a strengthening or improvement, as by addition of or intensification with another ingredient:
the fortification of milk with vitamin D; the fortification of wine with alcohol.
Origin of fortification
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin fortificātiōn- (stem of fortificātiō), equivalent to fortificāt(us) fortified (see fortify, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonfortification, noun
refortification, noun
Synonyms
4. fortress, citadel, stronghold, bulwark.
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  • For what was to come he required the fortification of dinner.

    The Mystery of Murray Davenport Robert Neilson Stephens
  • It was an enormous labor to construct this fortification in the dead of winter.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Instruction of the British farmer begins with the fortification of his will by confidence.

    Another Sheaf John Galsworthy
  • The palace is extensive, paled round with a sort of a fortification.

  • He purchased and studied works on fortification and military strategy.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton
  • On an eminence not far from the fort, the Ottawas erected a fortification.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • On the top of the largest, there was something resembling a fortification.

    Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora Edward Edwards
  • "That is the governor's fortification," replied the rifleman.

British Dictionary definitions for fortification

fortification

/ˌfɔːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act, art, or science of fortifying or strengthening
2.
  1. a wall, mound, etc, used to fortify a place
  2. such works collectively
3.
any place that can be militarily defended
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Word Origin and History for fortification
n.

early 15c., "strengthening," also "defensive earthworks, tower" (mid-15c.), from Middle French fortification "strengthening, fortification," from Late Latin fortificationem (nominative fortificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of fortificare (see fortify).

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