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Garrison


GAR'RISON, noun [English, garnish; warren, and from this root we have warrant and guaranty, as well as guard and regard, all from one source.

1. A body of troops stationed in a fort or fortified town, to defend it against an enemy, or to keep the inhabitants in subjection.

2. A fort, castle or fortified town, furnished with troops to defend it.

3. The state of being placed in a fortification for its defense; as troops laid in garrison

GAR'RISON, verb transitive To place troops in a fortress for its defense; to furnish with soldiers; as, to garrison a fort or town.

1. To secure or defend by fortresses manned with troops; as, to garrison a conquered territory.