Definition of fortification in English:



  • 1A defensive wall or other reinforcement built to strengthen a place against attack.

    ‘the building and maintenance of fortifications’
    ‘a medieval fortification’
    • ‘When I was a kid, high walled fortifications were virtually impenetrable to infantry or cavalry.’
    • ‘This timeframe would be used to bolster beach fortifications and supply depots.’
    • ‘There are also remains of old castles and medieval fortifications and magnificent examples of rural homesteads.’
    • ‘It was built about 1370 as part of the fortifications on the east wall of the city.’
    • ‘Over the next few years, millions of tons of cement and steel were used to build defensive fortifications.’
    • ‘His fieldwork has spanned the millennia - from Stone Age remains in Scotland to Second World War fortifications.’
    • ‘He built and strengthened fortifications on the coast with a view to protecting the outer flank of the State from invasions from the sea.’
    • ‘He did so, promptly, blasting his way through any walls or fortifications he came across.’
    • ‘The wall is part of the castle fortifications and if the weather is warm enough to use the terrace you can hear the piper on the ramparts.’
    • ‘Although fixed fortifications can deter assault, they have one exploitable weakness: their immobility.’
    • ‘However, the very lack of distance had been identified by the Germans and they had built massive fortifications all around the area.’
    • ‘His fortifications at Bunker Hill set a standard of service for engineers that continues to this day.’
    • ‘Improved protective designs for field fortifications and base camps have been developed for field forces.’
    • ‘The fortifications surrounding the wall will be some 100 metres wide.’
    • ‘Furthermore, illegal fortifications violate the DMZ virtually to the centerline.’
    • ‘They scurried to plant batteries, dig trenches and strengthen their fortifications.’
    • ‘It proved to be a Bronze Age culture, its economy well developed and prosperous but with no defensive fortifications to protect it.’
    • ‘In the early 920s Edward the Elder recovered the town, and built fortifications and a connecting bridge.’
    • ‘Mortars were originally developed for siege warfare to lob munitions over walls and other fortifications.’
    • ‘Probably most agricultural societies in world history built defensive fortifications of wood.’
    rampart, defensive wall, defences, bulwark, palisade, stockade, redoubt, earthwork, outwork, bastion, parapet, battlement, blockhouse, barricade, buttress, stronghold
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of fortifying or process of being fortified.
      ‘the fortification of the frontiers’
      • ‘However, she believes that challenges emerge when processors attempt to move beyond such basic fortification.’
      • ‘The case for promoting fortification of foods with zinc in developing countries may seem strong, but experience of how best to do it is limited and it may not be a suitable approach in many countries.’
      • ‘Where dietary and food processing conditions are favourable, fortification can be effective quickly and at low cost.’
      • ‘We battled for folic acid fortification - and we won!’
      • ‘Each category within the industry markets its items to one population segment or another, whether through flavor variety, nutritional fortification or manner of use.’
      • ‘The fortification process simply restores the product to its original healthy profile.’
      • ‘In some measure, this attitude to fortification reflected the contemporary state of military engineering art in the West and Russia.’
      • ‘Current recommendations for general food fortification likely will benefit only older children and adults who consume sufficient quantities of these foods.’
      • ‘The folic acid could be taken as tablets by high risk patients, and possibly supplied to the general public through food fortification or a combination of both.’
      • ‘Despite all of the attention currently focused on low-carb and fortification in the dairy sector, some consumers still want their milk and ice cream without all the nips and tucks.’
      • ‘Because up to one half of pregnancies are unplanned and neural tube defects often occur before many women are aware that they are pregnant, food fortification is particularly important.’
      • ‘Using survey data, ARS researchers examine diets as a factor in select diseases and help public policy officials make decisions about food safety and food fortification.’
      • ‘Such a position could solve the choice issue, but this strategy has not proved effective for fortification.’
      • ‘By providing increased firepower, it both made fortification more difficult, and undermined the power of cavalry.’
      • ‘In the past, nutrition programs for iron fortification and the ingestion of iron preparations have been widely practiced because of the seriousness of worldwide iron deficiency.’
      • ‘Burrington believes consumers have an interest in seeing fortification, in general, across the dairy sector.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the abundant forests of Russia and New Zealand had a greater impact on war and fortification than war and fortification had upon the forests.’
      • ‘Consequently, many army and navy officers urged improvements in U.S. armaments and urged a program of new coastal fortification.’
      • ‘Not about to sit by idly as other categories steal their calcium franchise, dairy processors have turned to fortification to recapture share of stomach.’
      • ‘A much more realistic option is to start with soup, and if you need a little more fortification, slug some brandy into your coffee.’
      strengthening, reinforcement, consolidation, shoring up, bracing, boosting, buttressing, toughening
      strengthening, reinforcement, bolstering, stiffening, supplementing, augmenting
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Late Middle English: via French from late Latin fortificatio(n-), from fortificare (see fortify).