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bastion


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bastion  \Bas"tion\,  n.  [F.  bastion  (cf.  It  bastione),  fr  LL 
  bastire  to  build  (cf.  F.  b?tir,  It  bastire),  perh.  from  the 
  idea  of  support  for  a  weight,  and  akin  to  Gr  ?  to  lift, 
  carry,  and  to  E.  baston,  baton.]  (Fort.) 
  A  work  projecting  outward  from  the  main  inclosure  of  a 
  fortification,  consisting  of  two  faces  and  two  flanks,  and  so 
  constructed  that  it  is  able  to  defend  by  a  flanking  fire  the 
  adjacent  curtain,  or  wall  which  extends  from  one  bastion  to 
  another.  Two  adjacent  bastions  are  connected  by  the  curtain, 
  which  joins  the  flank  of  one  with  the  adjacent  flank  of  the 
  other  The  distance  between  the  flanks  of  a  bastion  is  called 
  the  gorge.  A  lunette  is  a  detached  bastion.  See  {Ravelin}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bastion 
  n  1:  a  group  that  defends  a  principle;  "a  bastion  against 
  corruption";  "the  last  bastion  of  communism" 
  2:  a  stronghold  into  which  people  could  go  for  shelter  during  a 
  battle  [syn:  {citadel}] 
  3:  projecting  part  of  a  rampart  or  other  fortification 




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