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Word of the Week--"Fortification"
Definition--Fortification- n. something that protects or fortifies; the act of fortifying or strengthening.

Discussion--When we say something is fortified, we mean that it has been in some way strengthened. Often times the word is used during the course of military discussion, i.e. "the base is highly fortified," meaning it probably has an advanced security system and durable construction.

In today's day and age, military bases are not the only places that feel the need to set up fortifications. With crime rates steadily rising neighborhood businesses have had to increase their security measures. Measures taken include security alarms and protective gates. And of course, we all know about the famous fortification that you can purchase for your car- The Club!

The word fortify is also used to refer to the process of strengthening the effect of vitamins. So, when you buy your next bottle of Flintstones Chewables, make sure that the vitamins have been fortified for extra strength!

Etymology--Fortification- English derivative formed from Middle French fortifier, from Late Latin fortificare, from Latin fortis, meaning strong.

   Foreign Translations
Dutch:  fortificatie (de)
French:  fortification (f)
German:  Befestigung (f)
Italian: fortificazione
Spanish: fortificación

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