Gird vs Fortify - What's the difference?

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Gird is a synonym of fortify.


As verbs the difference between gird and fortify

is that gird is to bind with a flexible rope or cord or gird can be to jeer at while fortify is to increase the defenses of; to strengthen and secure by military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces.

As a noun gird

is a sarcastic remark.

gird

English

Etymology 1

(etyl) .

Verb

  • To bind with a flexible rope or cord.
  • The fasces were girt about with twine in bundles large.
  • To encircle with, or as if with a belt.
  • The lady girt herself with silver chain, from which she hung a golden shear.
    Our home is girt by sea... -
  • To prepare oneself for an action.
  • Etymology 2

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A sarcastic remark.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I thank thee for that gird , good Tranio.
  • A stroke with a rod or switch.
  • A severe spasm; a twinge; a pang.
  • * Tillotson
  • Conscience is freed from many fearful girds and twinges which the atheist feels.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To jeer at.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Being moved, he will not spare to gird the gods.
  • To jeer.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Men of all sorts take a pride to gird at me.

    fortify

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To increase the defenses of; to strengthen and secure by military works; to render defensible against an attack by hostile forces.
  • To impart strength or vigor to.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Pride came to the aid of fancy, and both combined to fortify his resolution.
  • *
  • To increase the effectiveness of, as by additional ingredients.
  • * 1979 , Kiplinger's Personal Finance (volume 33, number 7, July 1979, page 47)
  • Compare the nutrition information label of a regular ready-to-eat fortified cereal with that of a presweetened brand and you'll note that, although the sweetened one's sugar content is higher, the fortification is virtually identical.