• (GA) IPA: /ˈfɔɹ.tɹəs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈfɔː.tɹəs/

fortress (plural fortresses)

  1. A fortified place; a large and permanent fortification, sometimes including a town; for example a fort, a castle; a stronghold; a place of defense or security.
  2. (chess) A position that, if obtained by the weaker side, will prevent penetration by the opposing side, generally achieving a draw.
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fortress (fortresses, present participle fortressing; past and past participle fortressed)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with a fortress or with fortresses; to guard#Verb|guard, to fortify.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Lvcrece (First Quarto)‎, London: Printed by Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, […], OCLC 236076664 ↗:
      Honour and Beautie in the owners armes, / Are weaklie fortreſt from a world of harmes.

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