- 1A fortified building or strategic position.More example sentences
- This period saw the establishment of a number of strongly defended forts on strategically placed high points all over the region.
- In the 1960s, many of the old coastal forts were turned over to the National Park Service.
- Archaeologists have identified one of Britain's largest prehistoric hill forts in the North Yorkshire Moors.
- 1.1A permanent army post.More example sentences
- Army forts and posts, crucial to the defense and settlement of the frontier, dominated the region's social and economic life.
- The former Army coastal defense fort, built in 1942, sits in second-growth forest about two miles north of Coupeville.
- A Pakistani army fort stands where the young Winston Churchill shot down rebels.
- 1.2 • historical A trading post.[so named because such establishments were originally fortified]More example sentences
- A number of other entrepreneurs established permanent trading forts in locations that were known to have mild winter climates.
hold the fort
- see hold1.
late Middle English: from Old French fort or Italian forte, from Latin fortis 'strong'.