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[fawr-tuh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌfɔr tə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of fortifying or strengthening.
something that fortifies or protects.
the art or science of constructing defensive military works.
Often, fortifications. military works constructed for the purpose of strengthening a position; a fort:
Supposedly impregnable, the fortifications were quickly overrun.
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
1400-50; 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
4. fortress, citadel, stronghold, bulwark. Unabridged
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  • It would also be the first fortification made to prevent a birth defect.
  • If a breakfast cereal has metallic iron, it maybe comes from a contamination source, not from a fortification compound.
  • The final fortification is a cheese sauce poured over the flour tortilla jacket.
  • She deplores the changed role of fortification from a public-health measure to a sales gimmick.
  • Old maps and drawings show a military fortification with a stone tower at about the same location.
  • But no fortification is perfect, and his two best designs are in peril.
  • Once you broke down the inner fortification of the canon and then moved on to the other fortifications, it's not easy to go back.
British Dictionary definitions for fortification


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

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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