bastion

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English[edit]

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A bastion (1)

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1562. From French bastion, from Old French bastille (fortress).

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bastion (plural bastions)

  1. (architecture) A projecting part of a rampart or other fortification.
    • 1942, Emily Carr, “Beginnings”, in The Book of Small:
      [] Fort Camosun had swelled herself from being a little Hudson's Bay Fort, inside a stockade with bastions at the corners, into being the little town of Victoria, and the capital of British Columbia.
  2. A well-fortified position; a stronghold or citadel.
  3. (figuratively) A person, group, or thing, that strongly defends some principle.
    a bastion of hope
    the bastion of democracy
  4. Any large prominence; something that resembles a bastion in size and form.
    • 1850, [Alfred, Lord Tennyson], In Memoriam, London: Edward Moxon, [], →OCLC, Canto XV, page 24:
      […] yonder cloud
      That rises upward always higher,
      ⁠And onward drags a labouring breast,
      ⁠And topples round the dreary west,
      A looming bastion fringed with fire.
    • 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, 1st Australian edition, Sydney, N.S.W.: Ure Smith, published 1962, →OCLC, page 32:
      It spread slowly up from the sea-rim, a welling upwards of pure white light, ghosting the beach with silver and drawing the grey bastions of sandstone out of formless space.

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Verb[edit]

bastion (third-person singular simple present bastions, present participle bastioning, simple past and past participle bastioned)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with a bastion.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French bastion.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌbɑs.tiˈɔn/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: bas‧ti‧on
  • Rhymes: -ɔn

Noun[edit]

bastion n (plural bastions, diminutive bastionnetje n)

  1. bastion; a projecting part of a rampart
    Synonym: bolwerk

French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Middle French bastion, from Old French bastille (fortress) or Italian bastione. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term..

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bastion m (plural bastions)

  1. bastion
  2. stronghold

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian bastione, via French bastion.

Noun[edit]

bastion m (definite singular bastionen, indefinite plural bastioner, definite plural bastionene)

  1. a bastion (part of a fortification; also figurative)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian bastione, via French bastion.

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bastion m (definite singular bastionen, indefinite plural bastionar, definite plural bastionane)

  1. a bastion (part of a fortification; also figurative)

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Polish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bastion, from Old French bastille.

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bastion m inan (diminutive bastionik)

  1. (military) bastion, stronghold (place built to withstand attack)
  2. (figuratively) bastion, stronghold (place of domination by, or refuge or survival of, a particular group or idea)
    Synonym: szaniec
  3. (figuratively) bastion (person, group, or thing, that strongly defends some principle)

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adjective

Further reading[edit]

  • bastion in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • bastion in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bastion.

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bastion n (plural bastioane)

  1. stronghold

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

bastion c

  1. bastion; a projecting part of a rampart

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Declension of bastion 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative bastion bastionen bastioner bastionerna
Genitive bastions bastionens bastioners bastionernas