sortie

Part of speech: noun

A sally of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers.

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Usage examples "sortie":

  1. If it were possible for you to return, I would say that we will signal the moment my men are ready for the sortie." - "The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley", James Otis.
  2. Daytime sortie on us yesterday. - "The Plow-Woman", Eleanor Gates.
  3. It was of a Sunday that we congregated most; my two younger brothers had, in general, on that day their sortie from the Pensionnat Maquelin, a couple of miles out of town, where they were then established, and W. J., following courses at the Academy, in its present enriched and amplified form the University, mingled, failing livelier recreation, in the family circle at the hotel. - "Notes of a Son and Brother", Henry James.