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Definition of fort

1 : a strong or fortified place especially : a fortified place occupied only by troops and surrounded with such works as a ditch, rampart, and parapet : fortification
2 : a permanent army post often used in place names

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Examples of fort in a Sentence

They captured the fort after a long battle. a series of forts along the frontier
Recent Examples on the Web Anza set about finding sites for the two indispensable institutions of Spanish colonial settlement: the presidio, or fort, and the mission. Gary Kamiya,, "Mission Dolores’ dark legacy for Indians: From salvation to subjugation and death," 1 Nov. 2019 But the lifelike pirates would have stunned him, and so would the exchange of artillery fire between a ship and a distant fort, with its cunning manipulation of scale and perspective. James Marcus, The New Yorker, "A Dark Ride," 29 Oct. 2019 Folly Beach Island was occupied in 1863 by Union forces, who built roads, forts, an artillery battery and a supply depot, according to the city's website. David Williams, CNN, "Beachcombers find Civil War-era cannonballs on a South Carolina beach," 9 Sep. 2019 Visitors to the fort, which helped to protect Boston Harbor during the American Revolution, reported the graffiti to Hull police at 9:45 a.m. Monday, police said. Maria Lovato,, "Fort Revere in Hull vandalized with anti-Semitic, racist graffiti," 4 Sep. 2019 Attractions include water slides, water roller coasters, hot springs, a lazy river, a wave pool, a water tree fort, geysers and more. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Need to take the kids on a getaway but it won't stop raining? Great Wolf Lodge day passes are now a thing," 20 June 2019 Archaeologists are marveling at the site of a 1600s Native American fort in Connecticut that was uncovered as part of a rail bridge replacement project. Dave Collins, The Seattle Times, "Archaeologists dig Native American fort found in Connecticut," 28 Aug. 2018 Grace Carr had 80 kills, 82 digs and 10 aces fort the week while Greer Golden had 44 kills and 15 blocks, MK Fowlkes had 37 kills, Ann Vandevelde had 222, assists and 44 digs, and Liz Vandevelde had 115 digs. Dennis Victory, al, "HS Volleyball update: Class 5A top-ranked Jasper wins Choo-Choo Classic tournament," 2 Sep. 2019 For Western history buffs, there’s Fort Union National Monument, an adobe fort established in 1851 to protect travelers on the old Santa Fe Trail, and the walkable historic districts of Las Vegas . Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times, "The Castañeda reopens in Las Vegas, N.M., thanks to an entrepreneur with a soft spot for historic hotels," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fort

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fort

Middle English forte, from Anglo-French fort, from fort, adjective, strong, from Latin fortis

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The first known use of fort was in the 15th century

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22 Nov 2019

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“Fort.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of fort

: a strong building or group of buildings where soldiers live


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Kids Definition of fort

: a strong or fortified place

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