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[fawr-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌfɔr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of fortifying or strengthening.
something that fortifies or protects.
the art or science of constructing defensive military works.
Often, fortifications. military works constructed for the purpose of strengthening a position; a fort:
Supposedly impregnable, the fortifications were quickly overrun.
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
1400-50; 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
4. fortress, citadel, stronghold, bulwark. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Protected on all other sides by the sheer cliff, with a fortification at one point where it was just possible to land.

    Cornwall G. E. Mitton
  • We may want to hold it ourselves, and there seems to be a want of fortification.

    Hunting the Skipper George Manville Fenn
  • The first line of fortification was the work of Francis I.; the second line and the donjon date back to the 11th century.

  • On each of its points is a fortification, and at its right extremity the Plaza.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas W. Hastings Macaulay
  • With a great fear in his heart concerning what had happened he hurried along the fortification until he came to the water-gate.

  • General Campan will move through the wood to seize the first fortification.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • A morass or small lagoon cut the fortification off in rear from the mainland.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • In fortification, that formed by the exterior side and the line of defence.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for fortification


the act, art, or science of fortifying or strengthening
  1. a wall, mound, etc, used to fortify a place
  2. such works collectively
any place that can be militarily defended
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fortification

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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