- 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
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Examples from the Web for fortification
The first unambiguous evidence of fortification walls dates from around 4300 BC in what is now Turkey.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
In July this year, a government inspection warned of “failure of fortification work” and fined the company.The Miners' Miracle Message
August 24, 2010
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</p>
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Instruction of the British farmer begins with the fortification of his will by confidence.Another Sheaf
The palace is extensive, paled round with a sort of a fortification.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
He purchased and studied works on fortification and military strategy.The Book-Hunter</p>
John Hill Burton
- the act, art, or science of fortifying or strengthening
- a wall, mound, etc, used to fortify a place
- such works collectively
- any place that can be militarily defended
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).