from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fortified place or position stationed with troops.
- n. A permanent army post.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fortified defensive structure stationed with troops
- n. Any permanent army post
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A strong or fortified place; usually, a small fortified place, occupied only by troops, surrounded with a ditch, rampart, and parapet, or with palisades, stockades, or other means of defense; a fortification.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A strong place of defense; a fortified building or inclosure; especially, an armed place for a garrison, provided with defensive works, for the protection of a town, harbor, frontier, or other point against the approach or passage of hostile forces.
- n. A trading-post among the North American Indians, whether fortified or not.
- n. Same as forte, 1.
- To occupy a fort.
- An abbreviation of fortification.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense
- n. a fortified defensive structure
- v. enclose by or as if by a fortification
- n. a fortified military post where troops are stationed
- v. station (troops) in a fort
Middle English, strength, stronghold, from Old French, strong, strength, from Latin fortis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French fort (adjective use is of Old French). (Wiktionary)