Definition of fortification in English:


Syllabification: for·ti·fi·ca·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌfôrtəˌfəˈkāSHən


(often fortifications)
  • 1A defensive wall or other reinforcement built to strengthen a place against attack.
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    • Mortars were originally developed for siege warfare to lob munitions over walls and other fortifications.
    • Improved protective designs for field fortifications and base camps have been developed for field forces.
    • Furthermore, illegal fortifications violate the DMZ virtually to the centerline.
  • 1.1The action of fortifying or process of being fortified: the fortification of the frontiers
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    • Not about to sit by idly as other categories steal their calcium franchise, dairy processors have turned to fortification to recapture share of stomach.
    • A much more realistic option is to start with soup, and if you need a little more fortification, slug some brandy into your coffee.
    • In some measure, this attitude to fortification reflected the contemporary state of military engineering art in the West and Russia.


late Middle English: via French from late Latin fortificatio(n-), from fortificare (see fortify).

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