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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FORTRESS

Thus the fortress must be taken before a gun or a waggon could move.

No nation can longer be a fortress, lone and strong and safe.

It was like trying to storm a medieval fortress with a popgun.

Distant view of the city of Cuzco and of the Sacsahuaman hill, crowned by the fortress.

The fortress of the future will probably be in the nature of an intrenched camp.

But in time of war all the people had flocked into the fortress.

The walls of the keep were not the only protection of the fortress.

The Edwardian castles of Caernarvon and Beaumaris belong to this type of fortress.

In Cornelius's cell one heard the chimes of the clock of the fortress.

We went, and walked in silence to and fro along the rampart of the fortress.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French forteresse "strong place" (12c.), variant of fortelesse, from Medieval Latin fortalitia, from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort) + English -ess, a fairly uncommon suffix (duress, largess being other examples), from Latin -itia, forming nouns of quality or condition.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FORTRESS

bastion

nounsupport; fortified place
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