fortress

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Old French forteresce, from Medieval Latin

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fortress (plural fortresses)

  1. A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security.
  2. (chess) A position that, if obtained by the weaker side, will prevent penetration by the opposing side, generally achieving a draw.

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fortress (third-person singular simple present fortresses, present participle fortressing, simple past and past participle fortressed)

  1. To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify.