• WordNet 3.6
    • adj forte used chiefly as a direction or description in music "the forte passages in the composition"
    • adv forte used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly
    • n forte the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
    • n forte (music) loud
    • n forte an asset of special worth or utility "cooking is his forte"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Plan of Fort St. Louis, 1683 Plan of Fort St. Louis, 1683
Prince of Wales's Fort, Hudson's bay, 1777 Prince of Wales's Fort, Hudson's bay, 1777
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.)
MAGDELAINE DE VERCHÈRES The First Girl Scout in the New World. From Statue erected by Lord Grey, near the site of Fort Verchères on the St. Lawrence MAGDELAINE DE VERCHÈRES The First Girl Scout in the New World. From Statue erected by Lord Grey, near the site of...
Using the Fort as a Raft Using the Fort as a Raft

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Everyone knows that the U.S. gold depository is in Fort Knox, Kentucky. But nobody seems to know that the U.S. silver depository is at West Point, New York.
    • adv Forte (Mus) Loudly; strongly; powerfully.
    • Forte The strong point; that in which one excels. "The construction of a fable seems by no means the forte of our modern poetical writers."
    • Forte The stronger part of the blade of a sword; the part of half nearest the hilt; -- opposed to foible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first foreign fort the American flag flew over was Fort Derne in Libya, on the shores of Tripoli
    • n forte The strong part of a sword-blade or rapier, as opposed to the foible. Also spelled fort.
    • n forte That in which one excels; a peculiar talent or faculty; a strong point or side; chief excellence.
    • forte In music, loud; with force: opposed to piano: used also as if an adverb. Abbreviated feminine
    • n forte In music, a passage that is loud and forcible or is intended to be so.
    • n forte In harmonium-making, a slide or cover in the chest containing one or more sets of reeds, so arranged as to be opened by a stop-knob or a knee-lever and thus to produce a forte effect. Frequently separate fortes are introduced for the treble and the bass ends of the keyboard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While the US government's supply of gold is kept at Fort Knox, its supply of silver is kept at the Military Academy at West Point, NY.
    • n Forte fōrt that in which one excels.
    • adj Forte fōr′te (mus.) strongly, loud
    • n Forte a loud passage in music
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Hold the fort - If you hold the fort, you look after something or assume someone's responsibilities while they are away.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. forte, (a. & adv.), fr. L. fortis, strong


In literature:

"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
Sometimes they were permitted to pass in their wares only through a window in the outer part of the fort.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
Saint-Pierre visited Fort St Charles; he spent the winter at Fort Maurepas; in the spring of 1751 he went on to Fort La Reine.
"Pathfinders of the Great Plains" by Lawrence J. Burpee
He was afterward successfully cured; but, being informed of his accident I went to replace him, and the fort was taken.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
On the 14th of June, 1775, the first fort of the white man was erected at Boonesborough.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
You are wondering how I came to ride my horse in a race at Fort Ryan.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The word has come to me that you head a party for the Illinois, with instructions for De Baugis at Fort St. Louis.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
A fort was hastily built at the mouth of the St. Croix.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
This they named Fort Charles.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
You are bound to meet him if you go to Fort Hamilton.
"Elam Storm, The Wolfer" by Harry Castlemon

In poetry:

In vain it is new palaces to raise,
In vain it is, to garrison the fort,
In vain it is, to toil throughout our days,
If God does not our weak attempts support.
"Advice To Pray Earnestly, And On All Occasions, Supposed To Be Address'd To His Own Son" by Rees Prichard
Betwixt twin forts by nature plann'd
Slumbers the little drowsy town,
While wooded heights, serene and grand,
Slope down to meet the sand
From uplands wild and brown.
"Penmaenmawr" by Cicely Fox Smith
For the laugh is fled from porch and lawn,
And the bugle died from the fort on the hill,
And the twitter of girls on the stairs is gone,
And the grand piano is still.
"A Newport Romance" by Francis Bret Harte
From treason's rent, from murder's stain,
Guard Thou its folds till Peace shall reign,--
Till fort and field, till shore and sea,
Join our loud anthem, PRAISE TO THEE!
"Army Hymn" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Across the broad Patapsco's wave, Old Fort McHenry bore
The starry banner of the brave,
As when our fathers went to save,
Or in the trenches find a grave, At Baltimore.
"Through Baltimore" by James Bayard Taylor
O God! my Rock, my Refuge, and my Fort,
O God! my Health, my Trust, and my Support,
Lend thou an ear, and listen to the cries,
Of one, that in the deepest trouble lies!
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard

In news:

The Fort Wainwright soldiers were under the command of a Fort Bragg general in Afghanistan who asked that the trials, scheduled over the next few months, be moved to Fort Bragg .
First court martial in death of Fort Wainwright soldier to start at Fort Bragg .
That improvement buoys their spirits as they launch the 40th annual Fort Myers Boat Show today in the city of Fort Myers' River District downtown.
NORTH FORT MYERS — A North Fort Myers pedestrian is in critical condition Friday morning after being hit by a car as he used a cane to cross a Lee County road.
Fort Drum, NY, Oct 21, 2011 — A ceremony was held recently at Fort Drum to mark the deployment of the 10th Sustainment Brigade.
Fort Morgan's Board of Education on Monday heard a report from Ron Echols, superintendent of schools, that several companies had been chosen as finalists for a Fort Morgan High School boiler project and a master facilities plan.
FORT SMITH, Arkansas — A February trial has been scheduled in Fort Smith for a professional clown accused of possessing child pornography .
A sign for the SEC is pictured in the foyer of the Fort Worth Regional Office in Fort Worth ( Mike Stone Reuters, REUTERS / July 20, 2012 ).
Old Fort Cluster Dog Show will bring more than 100 breeds to Fort Wayne.
Burial is 2 pm, Friday, in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson.
FORT WORTH — When an orchestra has a guest conductor as rarely as the Fort Worth Symphony, it's especially fascinating to see what he or she will do.
Fort Drum, NY, Nov 27, 2012 — The highway project that will create a direct connection between Interstate 81 and Fort Drum's main gate is set to open soon.
DEBORAH SILVER/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS Kitty Rogers of Fort Pierce brings a frozen slab of meat to the food pantry at Mustard Seed Ministries in Fort Pierce.
FORT PIERCE — This weekend, the Indian River Presbyterian Church, 2499 Virginia Ave in Fort Pierce, presents its annual gift to the community: a Living Nativity presentation consisting of seven scenes.
The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley will host a Memorial Day Observance at the Fort Riley Cemetery at 11:40 am, May 28.

In science:

The analyses for this and other galaxies (e.g., Forte et al. 2005) show that metalrich GCs match the mean metallicity and dispersion of the halo giants well enough to further support the default interpretation that they formed along with the bulk of the galaxy’s spheroid.
Massive star clusters in galaxies
Forte, J. C., Faifer, F. & Geisler, D. 2005 Globular clusters as tracers of stellar bimodality in elliptical galaxies: the case of NGC 1399.
Massive star clusters in galaxies
Forte, J. C., Faifer, F. & Geisler, D. 2007 A quantitative link between globular clusters and the stellar haloes in elliptical galaxies.
Massive star clusters in galaxies
In recent years, a lot of ef forts have been made to construct Quantum Field Theories on noncommutative spaces.
Gauge Theories on Deformed Spaces
Motivated by the rather simple mathematical structure of the model (2.42) ef forts have been started to implement the damping behaviour of the 1/p2 -model in respective non-commutative gauge theories.
Gauge Theories on Deformed Spaces