Definition of fortification in English:

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fortification

Pronunciation: /ˌfɔːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

1A defensive wall or other reinforcement built to strengthen a place against attack: the building and maintenance of fortifications a medieval fortification
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
rampart, defensive wall, defences, bulwark, palisade, stockade, redoubt, earthwork, outwork, bastion, parapet, battlement, blockhouse, barricade, buttress, stronghold
1.1 [mass noun] The 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.
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Origin

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

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