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sortie

[sawr-tee] /ˈsɔr ti/
noun
1.
a rapid movement of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers.
2.
a body of troops involved in such a movement.
3.
the flying of an airplane on a combat mission.
verb (used without object), sortied, sortieing.
4.
to go on a sortie; sally forth.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < French, noun use of feminine past participle of sortir to go out
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  • With an average sortie length for the squadron of about ten hours, the crews put up with sore rumps.
  • Regard your visit as the first sortie of many to come if you want to see it all.
  • By that time, it was far too late in the southern season to open preparations for this first sortie across the great ice shelf.
British Dictionary definitions for sortie

sortie

/ˈsɔːtɪ/
noun
1.
  1. (of troops, etc) the act of emerging from a contained or besieged position
  2. the troops doing this
2.
an operational flight made by one aircraft
3.
a short or relatively short return trip
verb -ties, -tieing, -tied
4.
(intransitive) to make a sortie
Word Origin
C17: from French: a going out, from sortir to go out
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Word Origin and History for sortie
n.

"attack of the besieged upon the besiegers," 1778, from French sortie (16c.), literally "a going out," noun use of fem. past participle of sortir "go out," from Vulgar Latin *surctire, from Latin surrectus, past participle of surgere "rise up" (see surge (n.)).

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