from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A projecting part of a fortification.
- n. A well-fortified position.
- n. One that is considered similar to a defensive stronghold: You are a bastion of strength. See Synonyms at bulwark.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
- n. a well-fortified position; a stronghold or citadel
- n. a person, or thing, who strongly defends some principle
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A work projecting outward from the main inclosure of a fortification, consisting of two faces and two flanks, and so constructed that it is able to defend by a flanking fire the adjacent curtain, or wall which extends from one bastion to another. Two adjacent bastions are connected by the curtain, which joins the flank of one with the adjacent flank of the other. The distance between the flanks of a bastion is called the gorge. A lunette is a detached bastion. See ravelin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, a mass of earth, faced with sods, brick, or stones, standing out from a rampart, of which it is a principal part.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
- n. projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
- n. a group that defends a principle
French, from Old French bastillon, from bastille, fortress; see bastille.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)