What does the word convoy mean?

Usage examples for convoy

  1. Roseen had sent her car for him to the prison door, and Mike, releasing himself at length from the handshakes of the friends who awaited him outside, and being anxious to dispense with their escort, had induced the driver, with a hasty whispered word or two, to whip up the fast- trotting mare, which had thereupon started at a break- neck pace down the street, soon leaving the astonished convoy far behind. – North, South and Over the Sea by M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  2. The sinking was caused by collision with another ship in the same convoy, not by an enemy submarine. – America's War for Humanity by Thomas Herbert Russell