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fortification

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noun for·ti·fi·ca·tion \ˌfȯr-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Simple Definition of fortification

  • : the act of building military defenses to protect a place against attack : the act of fortifying something

  • : a structure (such as a wall or tower) that is built to protect a place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fortification

  1. 1 :  an act or process of fortifying

  2. 2 :  something that fortifies, defends, or strengthens; especially :  works erected to defend a place or position

Examples of fortification in a sentence

  1. They began the fortification and reconstruction of the city.

  2. <defenders at the border fortifications preparing for an attack>



Did You Know?

In the Middle Ages, many European cities were entirely enclosed by sturdy walls, with walkways along the top and towers at intervals, designed to make an invasion impossible. A water-filled ditch, or moat, might run alongside the wall for added defense. Such defenses turned the entire city into a fort, or fortress. Over the centuries, fortifications changed steadily with the development of new weaponry. In World War II, the German fortification of the French coast included antitank barriers, bunkers, minefields, and underwater obstacles, but it wasn't enough to turn back the immense force of the Allied invasion on D-day.

15th Century

First Known Use of fortification

15th century


FORTIFICATION Defined for Kids

fortification

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noun for·ti·fi·ca·tion \ˌfȯr-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of fortification for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of making stronger or enriching

  2. 2 :  something built to strengthen or protect





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