• the Second Fortress of Abydos--the ShÛnet-ez-zebÎb--as Seen from the East
    the Second Fortress of Abydos--the ShÛnet-ez-zebÎb--as Seen from the East
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fortress a fortified defensive structure
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Attack Upon an Egyptian Fortress by Troops Of Various Arms Attack Upon an Egyptian Fortress by Troops Of Various Arms
One of The Façades Of the Fortress Of Kubban One of The Façades Of the Fortress Of Kubban
the Rapids of The Nile at Semneh, and The Two Fortresses Built by Usirtasen Iii the Rapids of The Nile at Semneh, and The Two Fortresses Built by Usirtasen Iii
the Channel of The Nile Between The Two Fortresses of Semneh and Kummeh the Channel of The Nile Between The Two Fortresses of Semneh and Kummeh
A ruined fortress perched on a cliff A ruined fortress perched on a cliff
The fortress on the hillside over the river The fortress on the hillside over the river

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Fortress To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard; to fortify.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fortress A fortified town or position; a fort; a castle; a stronghold; hence, any place of defense or security.
    • fortress To furnish with a fortress; defend by or as by a fortress; guard; fortify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fortress for′tres a fortified place: a defence
    • v.t Fortress (Shak.) to guard
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  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.”
  • Margaret Valois
    Margaret Valois
    “In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken.”
  • Jules Favre
    Jules Favre
    “Not an inch of our territory not a stone of our fortress.”
  • Heinrich Heine
    “In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.”


In literature:

While the British artillery was attempting to destroy these fortresses it was also hurling lyddite shells into the trenches.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
He built innumerable churches, bridges, convents, hospitals, fortresses, and ships.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
He sent for several of his men from Lancerota, and gave orders that the fortress should be rebuilt.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
But one doubts whether Argences could ever have been a fortress of such importance, perhaps whether it was a fortress at all.
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
With a score of men Tonty could have held this natural fortress against any attack.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
He must get back into the little fortress that night.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The city began in a fortress, for the building of which carpenters and masons were brought from distant towns.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
At a signal from their general, the besiegers attack the fortress.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The fortress is a quadrangle, palisaded with tall, thick beams, and defended by two towers which mount fifteen cannons.
"A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2" by Otto von Kotzebue
An old term for a fortress or stronghold.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
This man was the chief person of Molucca; there we now have got a fortress.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
On the placid waters of the bay, under the frowning walls of Fortress Monroe, floated fifty men-of-war and transports.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Soon afterward Domfront, another important border fortress, fell into his hands.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
The men were transported to North America, and the women and children imprisoned in the fortresses of Roussillon.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Hundreds of persons were cast into prison, or were marched off to distant fortresses in Austria.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Fortress after fortress fell into their hands.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
One evening at sunset, on their return trip, as they were under the shadow of the fortress, the engine of the launch broke down.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
At last the grim and impregnable fortress of Olmuetz received the three prisoners.
"Lafayette" by Martha Foote Crow
Their leader dead, they were not able to retain possession of the fortress.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Against the sky rose the gray-stone church like a fortress of refuge.
"The Unknown Quantity" by Henry van Dyke

In poetry:

There was no city on the plain;
No fortress on the hill;
No mighty men of strength, who came
With armies up, to kill.
"The Fossil Elephant" by Mary Botham Howitt
And the yeoman at its summons
Left his yet unfurrowed field,
And the leader from his fortress
Sallied forth with sword and shield,--
"The Legend Of The Iron Cross" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
God shall triumph over Wrong,
Though intrenched in fortress strong;
He shall smite her guilty throng,
Though his suffering seem long.
"The Doom Of Slavery" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Then will I say, "My God, thy power
Shall be my fortress and my tower;
I, that am formed of feeble dust,
Make thine almighty arm my trust."
"Psalm 91 part 1" by Isaac Watts
That seems to say, now loud, now low,
Rising or falling, sweet or shrill,
``I pace, a sentry, to and fro,
To guard your Island fortress still.''
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
And War, with all his train of horrors, leapt
Across the fortress-walls of Liberty
With havoc e'en the marble goddess wept
With tears of blood to see.
"Morton" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Fortress Investment Group Raised to Outperform From Perform by Oppenheimer >FIG.
The National Association of Realtors named it one of 16 " fortresses " for sale in the US that would be impenetrable in a zombie apocalypse.
The National Association of Realtors praised it as one of 16 homes that could serve as fortresses for staving off the zombie apocalypse.
Chief Justice Roberts jokes he's headed to 'an impregnable fortress '.
"The Fortress of Solitude" at Powerhouse.
Fortress Managing Director Van Zijl Departs After 2 Years.
Fortress Investment Group LLC.
Rick Van Zijl, a managing director in Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG FIG) 's credit-lending business, has left the New York-based investment firm.
The One Percenters' Fortress City.
The Yankee Air Museum's Yankee Lady is one of 12,731 Flying Fortresses built between July 28, 1935 and April 13, 1945, according to the Air Zoo.
Seattle goth-trance outfit Nightmare Fortress bring their relentless beats and dark synth-tapestries to the KEXP studio for a live set on Audioasis.
OMNOVA Solutions introduces Element and Fortress (shown), its newest Boltaflex® contract upholstery designs.
Panel OKs Fortress Cliffs sale.
Buy Birdman's 'Stunna Island' Water Fortress For $10 Million.
Well, now you can have your own real life fortress surrounded by a moat and the work's already all done for you.

In science:

The quantity ˆδ (σ, σ ′ ) ignores obstacles known as “hurdles” and “fortresses of hurdles.” All these are thought to be negligible in biologically relevant cases, so we will use ˆδ (σ, σ ′ ) as a proxy for d∞ (σ, σ ′ ).
Effect of scale on long-range random graphs and chromosomal inversions