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Incursion definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INCUR'SION, n. [L. incursio, from incurro. See Incur.]
1. Literally, a running into; hence, an entering into a territory with hostile intention; an inroad; applied to the expeditions of small parties or detachments of an enemy's army, entering a territory for attack, plunder or destruction of a post or magazine. Hence it differs from invasion, which is the hostile entrance of any army for conquest. During the revolution, the British troops made an incursion to Danbury, and destroyed the magazines. In opposing this incursion, Gen. Wooster was killed.
2. Attack; occurrence; as sins of daily incursion. [Unusual.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the act of entering some territory or domain (often in large numbers); "the incursion of television into the American living room"
2: an attack that penetrates into enemy territory [syn: penetration, incursion]
3: the mistake of incurring liability or blame

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin incursion-, incursio, from incurrere Date: 15th century 1. a hostile entrance into a territory ; raid 2. an entering in or into (as an activity or undertaking) <his only incursion into the arts>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an invasion or attack, esp. when sudden or brief. Derivatives: incursive adj. Etymology: ME f. L incursio (as INCUR)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Incursion In*cur"sion, n. [L. incursio: cf. F. incursion. See Incur.] 1. A running into; hence, an entering into a territory with hostile intention; a temporary invasion; a predatory or harassing inroad; a raid. The Scythian, whose incursions wild Have wasted Sogdiana. --Milton. The incursions of the Goths disordered the affairs of the Roman Empire. --Arbuthnot. 2. Attack; occurrence. [Obs.] Sins of daily incursion. --South. Syn: Invasion; inroad; raid; foray; sally; attack; onset; irruption. See Invasion.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(incursions) 1. If there is an incursion into a country, enemy soldiers suddenly enter it. (FORMAL) ...armed incursions into border areas by rebel forces. N-COUNT: oft N into n 2. If someone or something enters an area where you would not expect them to be, or where they have not been found before, you can call this an incursion, especially when you disapprove of their presence. (FORMAL) ...her disastrous incursion into the property market. N-COUNT: oft N of n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Inroad, irruption, foray, raid, descent, partial invasion.

Moby Thesaurus

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