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bastion

[bas-chuh n, -tee-uh n] /ˈbæs tʃən, -ti ən/
noun
1.
Fortification. a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification that forms an irregular pentagon attached at the base to the main work.
2.
a fortified place.
3.
anything seen as preserving or protecting some quality, condition, etc.:
a bastion of solitude; a bastion of democracy.
Origin of bastion
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French < Italian bastione, equivalent to Upper Italian bastí(a) bastion, orig., fortified, built (cognate with Italian bastita, past participle of bastire to build < Germanic; see baste1) + -one augmentative suffix
Related forms
bastionary
[bas-chuh-ner-ee] /ˈbæs tʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
bastioned, adjective
Synonyms
2. fortress, fort, bulwark, stronghold, citadel.
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  • The young men rose from their seats on the bastion, and raised their hats as the girl passed.

    The North Pacific Willis Boyd Allen
  • It was a flat mesa rising sharply as a sort of bastion from the rim-rock.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • He leaned against the bastion, and looked over the softly darkening water.

  • Your bastion is to be stormed this afternoon previous to the general assault.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • And even then, for the actual assault to succeed, the deep wet ditch at the foot of the bastion had to be crossed.

    The Franco-German War of 1870-71 Count Helmuth, von Moltke
British Dictionary definitions for bastion

bastion

/ˈbæstɪən/
noun
1.
a projecting work in a fortification designed to permit fire to the flanks along the face of the wall
2.
any fortified place
3.
a thing or person regarded as upholding or defending an attitude, principle, etc: the last bastion of opposition
Word Origin
C16: from French, from earlier bastillon bastion, from bastilleBastille
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Word Origin and History for bastion
n.

1560s, from Middle French bastillon, diminutive of Old French bastille "fortress, tower, fortified, building," from Old Provençal bastir "build," perhaps originally "make with bast" (see baste (v.1)).

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