fortress (plural fortresses)
- 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.
- (chess) A position that, if obtained by the weaker side, will prevent penetration by the opposing side, generally achieving a draw.
- French: forteresse
- German: Festung
- Italian: fortezza, rocca
- Portuguese: fortaleza
- Russian: кре́пость
- Spanish: fortaleza
fortress (fortresses, present participle fortressing; past and past participle fortressed)
- (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.