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fort Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a fortified military post where troops are stationed
  2. noun a fortified defensive structure
  3. verb gather in, or as if in, a fort, as for protection or defense
    fort up.
  4. verb enclose by or as if by a fortification
  5. verb station (troops) in a fort

Fort noun
F., from fort strong, L. fortis; perh. akin to Skr. darh to fix, make firm, and to E. firm Cf. Forte, Force, Fortalice, Comfort, Effort.
  1. (Mil.) A strong or fortified place; usually, a small fortified place, occupied only by troops, surrounded with a ditch, rampart, and parapet, or with palisades, stockades, or other means of defense; a fortification.
    Detached works, depending solely on their own strength, belong to the class of works termed forts. Farrow.

Webster 1913