- 1A projecting part of a fortification built at an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several directions.More example sentences
- A large area was enclosed by a defensive wall with bastions and monumental gates, and the natural sheltered harbour was extended and deepened.
- The walls had rounded angles with semicircular projecting bastions for artillery with an entrance on the south side.
- A wall was built of mud brick on a limestone foundation, punctuated by projecting bastions to allow cross-firing against anyone attacking the wall.
- 1.1A natural rock formation resembling a man-made bastion.More example sentences
- He gave orders to improve defensive positions, such as the natural bastion of Santon Hill on his left.
- The mountain of Jebel Bishri forms a strategically important natural bastion on the Middle Euphrates in Syria.
- Reinforcements were pouring out of the narrow opening in the natural rock bastion.
- 2An institution, place, or person strongly maintaining particular principles, attitudes, or activities: cricket’s last bastion of discriminationMore example sentences
- In this chaos the last bastion of defence of a society is the judiciary.
- The public sector has become the last bastion of comfortable retirement in Britain.
- ‘You know I believe this attitude towards heavy people is the last bastion of open discrimination in our society,’ Andante quoted her as saying.
mid 16th century: from French, from Italian bastione, from bastire 'build'.