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fort

[fȯrt]
(ordnance)
Permanent post as opposed to a camp, which is a temporary installation.
Land area within which harbor defense units are located.

Fort

A fortified place or position stationed with troops; a bastion, fortification. The first buildings erected in towns had protective walls.

Fort

 

a large fortified structure, either open (field) or enclosed (permanent).

Forts were first constructed in the 18th century, initially as separate fortifications outside a fortress wall (seeFORTRESS) and later, from the 18th to early 20th centuries, as part of a fortress or a fortified field position. Open forts assumed a variety of forms; they occupied an area of 4–5 hectares and were adapted to all-around defense. One or two earthen banks were erected around the perimeter, which measured about 1,000 m; the banks were protected by ditches and other obstacles, and 20–50 artillery pieces were placed behind the banks. The inside of the wall was equipped as a fire position. For purposes of defense, a garrison of two to four rifle companies was assigned to a fort and stationed in shelters, in addition to artillery crews.

Permanent forts were built of stone, concrete, armor, or other material. Initially, in the 18th century, they took the form of multilevel stone towers, armed with many guns. In the 19th century, forts were designed according to the bastion system; French forts had four or five bastions, each with 40–50 artillery pieces. Later, the caponier system was developed; in Germany, for example, forts were constructed with 20–30 artillery pieces, two flanking caponiers, and one central redoubt caponier.

As new types of fortifications came into use after World War I, such as defensive complexes and strongpoints, the fort lost its importance as an individual entity and henceforth was used only as part of a fortified area.

What does it mean when you dream about a fort?

Forts represent safety and protection. Perhaps the dreamer needs a fortress against worldly invasion, or perhaps the dreamer is deliberately erecting barriers against life.

fort

A defensive work, exclusively military in nature, that is strengthened for protection against enemy attack and commonly incorporates a series of bastions (i.e., projections from the outer wall of the fort) to defend the adjacent perimeter; usually occupied by troops. See bastion, battlement, breastwork, casemate, embrasure, loophole, rampart.
References in classic literature ?
So, in the night, when the men in the fort were asleep, White Fang applied his teeth to the stick that held him.
And then, blind and reeling, he followed at Beauty Smith's heels back to the fort.
As some of the trappers and their Indian allies were approaching the fort through the woods, they beheld an Indian woman, of noble form and features, leaning against a tree.
Was the fort still there, or did the smoke arise from the smoldering embers of the building they had helped to fashion for the housing of their party?
The closer they approached the fort the greater became their apprehension that all would not be well.
In this time the enemy began to undermine our fort, which was situated sixty yards from Kentucke river.
In a field, near Lexington, an Indian shot a man, and running to scalp him, was himself shot from the fort, and fell dead upon his enemy.
This pretended merchant, who travels under the name of Achmet, is now in the city of Agra, and desires to gain his way into the fort.
I have travelled across Rajpootana that I might seek the shelter of the fort at Agra.
The direction taken by Hawkeye soon brought the travelers to the level of the plain, nearly opposite to a sally-port in the western curtain of the fort, which lay itself at the distance of about half a mile from the point where he halted to allow Duncan to come up with his charge.
This shot that you see," added the scout, kicking the harmless iron with his foot, "has plowed the 'arth in its road from the fort, and we shall hunt for the furrow it has made, when all other signs may fail.
But the French still claimed a large portion of it, and built forts for its defence.