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Borrowed from Middle French fortification, from Late Latin fortificatio, fortificationem, from fortifico, from Latin fortis.

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fortification (countable and uncountable, plural fortifications)

  1. The act of fortifying; the art or science of fortifying places to strengthen defence against an enemy.
  2. That which fortifies; especially, a work or works erected to defend a place against attack; a fortified place; a fortress; a fort; a castle.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0088:
      “[…] We are engaged in a great work, a treatise on our river fortifications, perhaps? But since when did army officers afford the luxury of amanuenses in this simple republic? []
  3. An increase in effectiveness, as by adding ingredients.
    • 1979, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (volume 33, number 7, July 1979, page 47)
      Compare the nutrition information label of a regular ready-to-eat fortified cereal with that of a presweetened brand and you'll note that, although the sweetened one's sugar content is higher, the fortification is virtually identical.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Late Latin fortificatio, fortificationem, from fortifico, from Latin fortis.

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fortification f (plural fortifications)

  1. fortification (all meanings)

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