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Fort Henry

a Confederate fort in NW Tennessee, on the Tennessee River: captured by Union forces in 1862.


[hen-ree] /ˈhɛn ri/
Joseph, 1797–1878, U.S. physicist.
O. pen name of William Sydney Porter.
Patrick, 1736–99, American patriot, orator, and statesman.
Cape, a cape in SE Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
Fort. Fort Henry.
a male given name: from Germanic words meaning “home” and “kingdom.”. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Fort Henry
Historical Examples
  • On February 6, Fort Henry fell, chiefly through the work of the river navy.

    Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. John T. Morse
  • The news of the loss of Fort Henry would cause him to hasten his operations.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The family was hastily removed to Fort Henry, nearer the present site of Wheeling.

    Historic Shrines of America John T. (John Thomson) Faris
  • He remained with his company until after the capture of Fort Henry, when he was discharged for disability.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • The fleeing garrison from Fort Henry had brought exaggerated reports of Grant's army.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Conscious of his comparative weakness, Grant sent a messenger to Fort Henry for the garrison which had been left there.

    Our Standard-Bearer Oliver Optic
  • And Girty, seeing that there were no further hopes of taking Fort Henry, withdrew his band.

    Good Stories For Great Holidays Frances Jenkins Olcott
  • Before completing their mission, a messenger came to inform them that Fort Henry was beleagured.

    The Iron Furnace John H. Aughey
  • These were not so easily disposed of as Fort Henry had been.

    Campfire and Battlefield Rossiter Johnson
  • At the fall of Fort Henry the country was thoroughly aroused as it never had been before.

    A Military Genius Sarah Ellen Blackwell
British Dictionary definitions for Fort Henry


noun (pl) -ry, -ries, -rys
the derived SI unit of electric inductance; the inductance of a closed circuit in which an emf of 1 volt is produced when the current varies uniformly at the rate of 1 ampere per second H
Word Origin
C19: named after Joseph Henry (1797–1878), US physicist


Joseph. 1797–1878, US physicist. He discovered the principle of electromagnetic induction independently of Faraday and constructed the first electromagnetic motor (1829). He also discovered self-induction and the oscillatory nature of electric discharges (1842)
Patrick. 1736–99, American statesman and orator, a leading opponent of British rule during the War of American Independence
Prince, known as Harry. born 1984, second son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales
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Word Origin and History for Fort Henry


masc. proper name, from French Henri, from Late Latin Henricus, from German Heinrich, from Old High German Heimerich, literally "the ruler of the house," from heim "home" + rihhi "ruler." One of the most popular Norman names after the Conquest.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Fort Henry in Medicine

henry hen·ry (hěn'rē)
n. pl. hen·rys or hen·ries (-rēz)
Abbr. H
The unit of inductance in which an induced electromotive force of one volt is produced when the current is varied at the rate of one ampere per second.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Fort Henry in Science
A SI derived unit of electrical inductance, especially of transformers and inductance coils. A current changing at the rate of one ampere per second in a circuit with an inductance of one henry induces an electromotive force of one volt.
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