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fort

[fawrt, fohrt] /fɔrt, foʊrt/
noun
1.
a strong or fortified place occupied by troops and usually surrounded by walls, ditches, and other defensive works; a fortress; fortification.
2.
any permanent army post.
3.
(formerly) a trading post.
Idioms
4.
hold the fort,
  1. to defend one's position against attack or criticism.
  2. to maintain the existing state of affairs.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Middle French, noun use of adj. fort strong < Latin fortis
Can be confused
fort, forte (see pronunciation note at forte)
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Examples from the web for forts
  • The defence was organized by creating a line of forts along the administrative boundary.
  • Roads were built to connect these forts and facilitate intercommunication.
  • Many of the forts were abandoned, or removed from use, soon after construction.
  • Many fur trading forts were also attacked during this period.
  • These new defenses became known as star forts, after their characteristic shape.
  • These forts gave longrange artillery coverage and served also as lookouts.
British Dictionary definitions for forts

fort

/fɔːt/
noun
1.
a fortified enclosure, building, or position able to be defended against an enemy
2.
(informal) hold the fort, to maintain or guard something temporarily
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from fort (adj) strong, from Latin fortis
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Word Origin and History for forts

fort

n.

mid-15c., "fortified place, stronghold," from Middle French fort, from noun use in Old French of fort (adj.) "strong, fortified" (10c.), from Latin fortis "strong, mighty, firm, steadfast," from Old Latin forctus, possibly from PIE root *bheregh- "high, elevated," with derivatives referring to hills and hill-forts (cf. Sanskrit brmhati "strengthens, elevates," Old High German berg "hill;" see barrow (n.2)).

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