• WordNet 3.6
    • n stronghold a strongly fortified defensive structure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stronghold A fastness; a fort or fortress; fortfield place; a place of security.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stronghold A fastness; a fort; a fortified place; a place or position of security: often used figuratively, and formerly as two words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stronghold a place strong to hold out against attack: a fastness or fortified place: a fortress
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  • Solomon
    “Riches are a stronghold in the imagination of a rich man.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strang, strong; Ice. strangr, Ger. streng, tight.


In literature:

As a result, it is in these regions that we find the stronghold of the compromising movement in the slavery struggle.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
Diplomatists, when they enter the field, are much in the situation of two parties, one defending and the other attacking a stronghold.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
But one after another the strongholds of nature have gradually yielded to persistent attacks.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
This was a natural stronghold, and art had added to its strength in every possible way.
"History of the United States, Volume 3 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
He saw a frowning, battlemented stronghold away off to the left.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
A land force was sent to attack the stronghold from the hills.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
In September Nicosia fell to the Turk, who then turned to the conquest of Famagusta, the last stronghold of the Venetians on the island.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
You must know that the British had other strongholds in that country.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The magnificent stronghold which was staked upon the issue of the strife stood close at hand.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
Why, it must have been a regular stronghold where thousands of people lived, and we've hit upon the way in.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
The scene within the Arab chieftain's stronghold was, alas!
"The Great White Queen" by William Le Queux
Yet that English stronghold, that log palisade, was a prize out of reach of the chief and his warriors.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
Like the land itself it is a stronghold of youth.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
They even dared to attack Constantinople, but were driven back from that great stronghold of the South.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
To attack them in their stronghold might be to lose all that had been gained.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
To save his comrades Vercingetorix gave in to Caesar, and galloped out of his stronghold to give up his sword.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
The latter council prevailed, and it was decided to attack the native stronghold that very night under cover of the darkness.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
And suddenly the whole invisible stronghold lay revealed upon the ground beneath, a shining, dazzling play of weaving light.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
They were the stronghold for the commercial liquor interests of the State.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Their village remains as a stronghold opposed to the petty rulers of those peoples.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin

In poetry:

Here shall a realm rise
Mighty in manhood;
Justice and Mercy
Here set a stronghold
Safe without spear.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
"Toward the strongholds of oppression
Lead again the hope forlorn!
See! the night is disappearing;
Lo! the coming of the morn"!
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
O word of Christ, that cannot pass away,
The Church's Stronghold in her evil day,
Turn we to thee, whatever foe prevail,
On the wild hill, or in the solemn vale!
"The Prisoners Of Hope" by Samuel John Stone

The purple rain-clouds climb the hill of heaven,
But storm in vain the stronghold of the sun,
Though high in air their chariots are wind-driven,
On earth the winds are silent every one.
"A Song Of Thoughts" by Ethel Clifford
But--time shall come, when, like a swelling tide,
The Word shall leap the barriers, and The Light
Shall sweep the land; and Faith and Love and Hope
Shall win for Christ this stronghold of the night.
"India" by John Oxenham
"The night is growing darker; ere one more day is flown
Bregenz, our foeman's stronghold, Bregenz shall be our own!"
The women shrank in terror, (yet pride, too, had her part,)
But one poor Tyrol maiden felt death within her heart.
"A Legend of Bregenz" by Adelaide Anne Procter

In news:

Kenyan soldiers launched an attack on Kismayo, the last stronghold of Islamist group Al Shabab in Somalia.
Despite being out-registered 2 to 1, Republicans retain a stronghold in New York's state Senate and a hold onto a surprising number of congressional seats.
While Romney was en route to Costa Mesa, the heart of Orange County, Southern California's Republican stronghold, to hold an evening fundraiser that would raise $4 million, aides scouted for a location to stage a news conference.
This area included most of the Withlacoochee River and the Seminole stronghold known as Cove of the Withlacoochee, located near present-day Inverness.
High turnout rates and a community that traditionally votes Democrat in presidential and statewide elections — despite the fact Tallahassee is teeming with Republican politicians — means Leon County is an important Democratic stronghold.
According to activists inside and outside Syria, the government's 27-day siege against the opposition stronghold of Baba Amr has now succeeded.
Richland remains state's Democratic stronghold.
The scene at La Nacional and other Spanish strongholds yesterday.
Salsa's Mexican Caribbean Restaurant, a downtown Latin food stronghold for the last 18 years, will take over the space formerly occupied by the Sisters McMullen Cupcake Corner, which closed on Aug 12.
Smaller protests by Morsi opponents were staged in the southern city of Assiut, an Islamists stronghold, and the industrial city of Mahallah north of Cairo as well as Suez.
Hezbollah stronghold hit by explosions.
Three explosions ripped through a house in a Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon.
Obama Repeats Win in Former Republican Stronghold Virginia.
It's not difficult to trace the recent attempts to limit union power in what used to be organized labor's safest strongholds to its declining membership.
Soldiers loyal to President Assad have been bombarding Homs, a prominent rebel stronghold , despite Red Cross appeals.

In science:

The stronghold of this point of view is physics of charmonium/bottonium and Regge tra jectories.
Partial Summary of Section a (CONFINEMENT Mechanism, Flux Tubes and String)
The obvious stronghold of this ideology is chiral dynamics of pions and its relatives.
Partial Summary of Section a (CONFINEMENT Mechanism, Flux Tubes and String)
Vargas is a comparatively small state that is considered as a stronghold of the government.
The 2004 Venezuelan Presidential Recall Referendum: Discrepancies Between Two Exit Polls and Official Results