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  Dictionary Definition of fort

fort
noun
1. a strong or fortified place; any armed place surrounded by defensive works and occupied by troops; a fortification; a fortress.
2. Australian History a stockade erected by settlers in unexplored territory: Fort Bourke.
3. North American History a trading post.
-- phrase
4. hold the fort, to look after an establishment or situation, especially in the absence of those who normally do it: When McKay comes back tell him to hold the fort, will you? -- THEA ASTLEY, 1974.
[F, from L fortis strong]