The chill dawn of an April morning saw the bivouac again broken up, and by noon the plain was vacant.
On a day late in October our company were in bivouac after some hard night-riding.
By the time we got back to our bivouac it was still early in the day, and we had already marched twenty-five miles.
The bivouac was in the neighborhood of the Ground Squirrel bridge.
Also, Dunvegan posted an Indian lookout on the height above the other bivouac to carry warning of any untoward move.
Don't introduce me, Mark; leave me to shake down in any bivouac that may offer.
Amongst others, a middle-aged and particularly garrulous Apache lady visited the American bivouac.
The fires of the bivouac still burned, but all slept around them.
Shall we bivouac here for the remainder of the night, or seek our beds?
If I mistake not, we've got something like refreshment at our bivouac.
1702, from French bivouac (17c.), ultimately from Swiss/Alsatian biwacht "night guard," from bei- "double, additional" + wacht "guard" (see wait (v.)). Original meaning was an army that stayed up on night watch; sense of "outdoor camp" is 1853. Not a common word in English before the Napoleonic Wars. Italian bivacco is from French. As a verb, 1809, "to post troops in the night;" meaning "camp out of doors" is from 1814.