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FORTIFICATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fortification mean? 

FORTIFICATION (noun)
  The noun FORTIFICATION has 3 senses:

1. defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it
2. the art or science of strengthening defenses
3. the addition of an ingredient for the purpose of enrichment (as the addition of alcohol to wine or the addition of vitamins to food)

  Familiarity information: FORTIFICATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORTIFICATION (noun)


Sense 1fortification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

fortification; munition

Hypernyms ("fortification" is a kind of...):

defence; defense; defensive structure (a structure used to defend against attack)

Meronyms (parts of "fortification"):

bulwark; rampart; wall (an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fortification"):

bastion (projecting part of a rampart or other fortification)

breastwork; parapet (fortification consisting of a low wall)

palisade (fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground)

lunette (temporary fortification like a detached bastion)

fieldwork (a temporary fortification built by troops in the field)

escarp; escarpment; protective embankment; scarp (a steep artificial slope in front of a fortification)

entrenchment; intrenchment (an entrenched fortification; a position protected by trenches)

defilade (the arrangement of defensive fortifications to protect against enemy fire)

castle (a large building formerly occupied by a ruler and fortified against attack)

bunker; dugout (a fortification of earth; mostly or entirely below ground)

stockade (fortification consisting of a fence made of a line of stout posts set firmly for defense)

Instance hyponyms:

Maginot Line (a fortification built before World War II to protect France's eastern border; initially considered to be impregnable it was easily overrun by the Germans in 1940)

Siegfried line (German fortifications facing the Maginot Line)


Sense 2fortification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The art or science of strengthening defenses

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("fortification" is a kind of...):

art; artistry; prowess (a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation)


Sense 3fortification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The addition of an ingredient for the purpose of enrichment (as the addition of alcohol to wine or the addition of vitamins to food)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("fortification" is a kind of...):

enrichment (act of making fuller or more meaningful or rewarding)


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