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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fortress  \For"tress\,  n.;  pl  {Fortresses}.  [F.  forteresse  OF 
  forteresce  fortelesce  LL  foralitia  fr  L.  fortis  strong. 
  See  {Fort},  and  cf  {Fortalice}.] 
  A  fortified  place  a  large  and  permanent  fortification, 
  sometimes  including  a  town;  a  fort;  a  castle;  a  stronghold;  a 
  place  of  defense  or  security. 
 
  Syn:  {Fortress},  {Fortification},  {Castle},  {Citadel}. 
 
  Usage:  A  fortress  is  constructed  for  military  purposes  only, 
  and  is  permanently  garrisoned;  a  fortification  is 
  built  to  defend  harbors,  cities,  etc.;  a  castle  is  a 
  fortress  of  early  times  which  was  ordinarily  a 
  palatial  dwelling;  a  citadel  is  the  stronghold  of  a 
  fortress  or  city,  etc 




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