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sortie definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position [syn: sortie, sally]
2: (military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French, from Middle French, from sortir to go out, leave Date: 1778 1. a sudden issuing of troops from a defensive position against the enemy 2. one mission or attack by a single plane 3. a. foray, raid b. excursion, expedition <diving sorties> sortie intransitive verb

U.S. Military Dictionary

In air operations, an operational flight by one aircraft. (JP 3-30)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a sally, esp. from a besieged garrison. 2 an operational flight by a single military aircraft. --v.intr. (sorties, sortied, sortieing) make a sortie; sally. Etymology: F, fem. past part. of sortir go out

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sortie Sor"tie (?; 277), n. [F., fr. sortir to go out, to issue, probably fr. L. sortus, for surrectus, p. p. of surgere to raise up, to rise up. See Source.] (Mil.) The sudden issuing of a body of troops, usually small, from a besieged place to attack or harass the besiegers; a sally.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(sorties) 1. A sortie is a brief trip away from your home base, especially a trip to an unfamiliar place. (FORMAL) From here we plan several sorties into the countryside on foot. = foray N-COUNT 2. If a military force makes a sortie, it leaves its own position and goes briefly into enemy territory to make an attack. (FORMAL) His men made a sortie to Guazatan and took a prisoner... = raid N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Sally.

Moby Thesaurus

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