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fortification

[fawr-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌfɔr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of fortifying or strengthening.
2.
something that fortifies or protects.
3.
the art or science of constructing defensive military works.
4.
Often, fortifications. military works constructed for the purpose of strengthening a position; a fort:
Supposedly impregnable, the fortifications were quickly overrun.
5.
a strengthening or improvement, as by addition of or intensification with another ingredient:
the fortification of milk with vitamin D; the fortification of wine with alcohol.
Origin of fortification
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin fortificātiōn- (stem of fortificātiō), equivalent to fortificāt(us) fortified (see fortify, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonfortification, noun
refortification, noun
Synonyms
4. fortress, citadel, stronghold, bulwark.
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fortification

/ˌfɔːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act, art, or science of fortifying or strengthening
2.
  1. a wall, mound, etc, used to fortify a place
  2. such works collectively
3.
any place that can be militarily defended
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Word Origin and History for fortification
n.

early 15c., "strengthening," also "defensive earthworks, tower" (mid-15c.), from Middle French fortification "strengthening, fortification," from Late Latin fortificationem (nominative fortificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of fortificare (see fortify).

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