noun bas·tion \ˈbas-chən\

: a place or system in which something (such as an old-fashioned idea) continues to survive

Full Definition of BASTION

:  a projecting part of a fortification
:  a fortified area or position
:  stronghold 2 <the last bastion of academic standards — American Scientist>
bas·tioned \-chənd\ adjective

Examples of BASTION

  1. <the rebel army retreated to its bastion in the mountains to regroup>

Origin of BASTION

Middle French, from Old Italian bastione, augmentative of bastia fortress, derivative from dialect form of bastire to build, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German besten to patch
First Known Use: 1562

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


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