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used in 1776

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defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
  • The huge bastions that encircled Boston were left standing, but only a holding force under General Ward remained to keep watch.
    p. 112.6
  • A newly completed bastion at Cobble Hill, below Prospect Hill and fully a half mile nearer to Boston, was described in the Providence Gazette as "the most perfect piece of fortification that the American army has constructed during the present campaign."
    p. 67.3
  • When finished, the large square bastion of Fort Stirling, mounting eight cannon, was expected to command the East River and New York just as Dorchester Heights commanded Boston and its harbor.
    p. 126.7
  • Each of these bastions was to be surrounded with a broad ditch and all were to be connected by a line of entrenchments reaching a mile or more.
    p. 128.0
  • At the first report of the Throg's Neck landing, Washington knew the Harlem Heights bastion had become a trap.
    p. 230.3
  • Despite its formidable presence high over the river, its steep, rockbound approaches, Fort Washington was, in several ways, not the impregnable bastion it seemed.
    p. 237.2

There are no more uses of "bastion" in 1776.

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