• Firing a demiculverine from a bastion at “James Fort.” (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Firing a demiculverine from a bastion at “James Fort.” (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bastion projecting part of a rampart or other fortification
    • n bastion a stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle
    • n bastion a group that defends a principle "a bastion against corruption","the last bastion of communism"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bastion băs"chŭn (Fort) A work projecting outward from the main inclosure of a fortification, consisting of two faces and two flanks, and so constructed that it is able to defend by a flanking fire the adjacent curtain, or wall which extends from one bastion to another. Two adjacent bastions are connected by the curtain, which joins the flank of one with the adjacent flank of the other. The distance between the flanks of a bastion is called the gorge. A lunette is a detached bastion. See Ravelin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bastion In fortification, a mass of earth, faced with sods, brick, or stones, standing out from a rampart, of which it is a principal part. A bastion consists of two flanks, each commanding and defending the adjacent curtain, or that portion of the wall extending from one bastion to another, and two faces making with each other an acute angle called the salient angle, and commanding the outworks and ground before the fortification. The inner space between the two flanks is the gorge, or entrance into the bastion. The use of the bastion is to bring every point at the foot of the rampart as much as possible under the guns of the place. Formerly called bulwark.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bastion bast′yun a kind of tower at the angles of a fortification
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bastion,cf. It. bastione,), fr. LL. bastire, to build (cf. F. bâtir, It. bastire,), perh. from the idea of support for a weight, and akin to Gr. basta`zein to lift, carry, and to E. baston, baton,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—O. Fr. bastir, to build.


In literature:

M. Chipiez has placed his pavilion upon a salient bastion forming part of a wide esplanade.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
And now the Rhine was lost, and the vast granite bastions of the Vosges looked out upon a sea of German forests.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
A third explosion followed, still closer to the ramparts, which blew up the face of the grand bastion.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
Now with Last gone, they felt the lack, as if a bastion had been razed, leaving them in the open.
"Tharon of Lost Valley" by Vingie E. Roe
Projecting bastions and thoroughly protected observation posts gave these systems of trenches the character of permanent fortifications.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
And then the head guard came running from the small bastion.
"Vulcan's Workshop" by Harl Vincent
On entering, it is found that the bastion contains a sort of cloister with a flat paved roof on to which opens the door of the tower.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
Each time they were repulsed, and the Fochux bastion of Monte Cucco from Height 611 to Height 525 remained firmly in Italian hands.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Till his banner on the bastion he had planted!
"Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1" by Various
The sweet thing vanishes into it, and the old fellow posts himself outside as a bastion.
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
The Castle of St. Angelo, whose bastions were named after the Apostles, was in sight.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
There were two bastions, and from each cannon pointed.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
The strong palisades and wooden bastions of the fort warned the newcomers that there were dangers in America to be guarded against.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
The base of the mount is surrounded with high thick walls, flanked with semi-circular towers all machicolated, and bastions.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
A bastion was erected in one corner, mounting the swivel piece so that it might be fired above the top of the wall.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
I went up at once to the bastion to see whether it was Indians or Frenchmen.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
The Venetian trenches consisted of a bastion 200 yards long and 100 yards broad built of wood on three sides.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
H. Bastion near Breda Gate.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
The solitary sentinel on St. John's Bastion reported an armed body of men approaching.
"Famous Firesides of French Canada" by Mary Wilson Alloway
On the whole he decided that it would be best to make an attempt at the north side, somewhere between the Shah bastion and the Kashmir gate.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang

In poetry:

I am a sleepless
Slowfaring eater,
Maker of rust and rot
In your bastioned fastenings,
Caissons deep.
"Under" by Carl Sandburg
Sam sniffed at these words kind of sceptic,
Then looked down the Duke's private gun.
And said 'We'd best put in two charges,
We'll never bust bastion with one.'
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
Bastion and minaret began to nod,
Till all the pile, unmindful of His rod,
Dissolved in thunder, and the void Abyss
Caught like a quicksand at the feet of God !
"The Abyss Triumphant" by Clark Ashton Smith
Her blood-red flag floats out full fair, but flows
O'er crumbling bastions, in fictitious state:
Who stands a siege Cornwallis full well knows,
Plays at a game with Fate.
"Arms And The Man - The Beginning Of The End" by James Barron Hope
Why have they come to us from far off Albion?
What do they want? A distant booming sound -
And suddenly, the sea below the bastion
Rose boiling with the impact of the round.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
So thin the azure veil that floats between
My tropic flowers and your arctic snows,
That one swift glance reveals to me the sheen
Of your white bastions and my blossoming rose.
"To Meran's Northern Mountains" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Tuesday's New York Times reported that Montclair's local mayoral race had national implications because its election symbolized a Tea Party type tax revolt in a liberal bastion.
The museum's Pipilotti Rist show cheekily feminizes a bastion of masculinity.
But for many black South Africans, this city represents something very different: the last bastion of white rule.
Augusta National, one of sports' last bastions of bigotry , finally does right thing (David Steele).
With the economy weak and Washington divided, Romney has hitched his campaign to his background, presenting himself as a bastion of competence in a struggling nation.
) Exceptions to this rule are to be applauded, but seriously, men, if you complain about this, you're complaining about the last best bastion of patriarchy we have left.
In an 11-year-old story, Kroll was quoted as calling it "the last bastion of communism".
In a flex of political muscle, Republicans in a single day reached the brink of a goal that for years has seemed an all-but-impossible dream: making the labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state.
Republicans in a single day reached the brink of a goal that for years has seemed an all-but-impossible dream: making the labor bastion of Michigan a right-to-work state.
Marvin Miller bastion of fairness in sport.
Most folks today seem to have a delusion that the Internet is some indefatigable bastion of freedom, where censorship cannot exist.
With the goats near kidding, it seemed the farm was a bastion of life and newness — but it was the last I'd see of life for a while.
The judge who OK'd the test once called the FDNY "a stubborn bastion of white male privilege.".
Army Sgt 1st Class Wyatt A Goldsmith , a resident of Colville, passed away at Camp Bastion Hospital, Afghanistan, on July 15, 2011 while serving his country as a Special Force combat medic in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
In Sundance Square, the good ol' Red Goose Saloon is one of the last bastions of crazy nightlife – two floors of cheap drinks, loud dance music, loose women (OK, maybe just a hopeful assumption on my part), and cheeseball guys.

In science:

While real evolution is clearly shaped by selection, and so evolutionary tra jectories are biased, neutral theory remains a bastion of theoretical effort.
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
It was only with the advent of an unambiguous, string theoretic construction of the KK gravitons of 11D SUGRA as bound states of D0 branes that the last bastions of resistance fell.
M Theory and Cosmology