Meaning of bastion

bas•tion

Pronunciation: (bas'chun, -tē-un), [key]
— n.
  1. a projecting portion of a rampart or fortification that forms an irregular pentagon attached at the base to the main work.
  2. a fortified place.
  3. anything seen as preserving or protecting some quality, condition, etc.: a bastion of solitude; a bastion of democracy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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