convoy

Definitions

  • AT GRAVESEND: PILOTS AWAITING AN INWARD-BOUND CONVOY
    AT GRAVESEND: PILOTS AWAITING AN INWARD-BOUND CONVOY
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v convoy escort in transit "the trucks convoyed the cars across the battle zone","the warships convoyed the merchant ships across the Pacific"
    • n convoy the act of escorting while in transit
    • n convoy a collection of merchant ships with an escort of warships
    • n convoy a procession of land vehicles traveling together
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Additional illustrations & photos:

DAWN: CONVOY PREPARING TO PUT TO SEA DAWN: CONVOY PREPARING TO PUT TO SEA
A CONVOY CONFERENCE A CONVOY CONFERENCE
CONVOY SAILING FROM PLYMOUTH SOUND CONVOY SAILING FROM PLYMOUTH SOUND
A CONVOY IN THE ATLANTIC A CONVOY IN THE ATLANTIC
A CONVOY IN THE HILLS A CONVOY IN THE HILLS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Convoy A drag or brake applied to the wheels of a carriage, to check their velocity in going down a hill.
    • Convoy A protection force accompanying ships, etc., on their way from place to place, by sea or land; an escort, for protection or guidance. "When every morn my bosom glowed
      To watch the convoy on the road."
    • Convoy A vessel or fleet, or a train or trains of wagons, employed in the transportation of munitions of war, money, subsistence, clothing, etc., and having an armed escort.
    • Convoy Conveyance; means of transportation.
    • Convoy The act of attending for defense; the state of being so attended; protection; escort. "To obtain the convoy of a man-of-war."
    • v. t Convoy To accompany for protection, either by sea or land; to attend for protection; to escort; as, a frigate convoys a merchantman. "I know ye skillful to convoy The total freight of hope and joy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • convoy To accompany on the way for protection, either by sea or land; escort: as, ships of war convoyed the Jamaica fleet; troops convoyed the baggage-wagons.
    • convoy To accompany for safety or guidance; attend as an escort on a journey.
    • convoy To convey.
    • n convoy Conveyance.
    • n convoy The act of accompanying and escorting for protection or defense; escort.
    • n convoy The protection afforded by an accompanying escort, as of troops, a vessel of war, etc.
    • n convoy An escort or accompanying and protecting force; a convoying vessel, fleet, or troop.
    • n convoy The ship, fleet, party, or thing conducted or escorted and protected; that which is convoyed: as, in the fog the frigate lost sight of her convoy.
    • n convoy A friction-brake for carriages.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Convoy kon-voy′ to accompany for protection
    • n Convoy the act of convoying: protection: that which convoys or is convoyed, esp. a ship or ships of war guarding a fleet of merchant-vessels, also the ships so protected: an honourable escort: a supply of stores, &c., under escort
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. convoyer, OF. conveier, convoier,. See Convey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. convoyer. See Convey.

Usage

In literature:

The force encamped here on the 4th, to allow the convoy to come up.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
An orderly came back last night from the convoy on the way to Staunton.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
On the 19th of June, 1779, all were ready to sail, and left the harbor with a few coasters and transports under convoy.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The London Merchant sailed for Cork, where the North American convoy were to assemble.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
Clair Petit volunteered to conduct convoy to hospital boat at Troitza.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
But with what of the convoy was saved Count Woronzoff set out from Dargo on his return.
"Life of Schamyl" by John Milton Mackie
Gifted Gilfillan, who commanded the party which was to convoy him to Stirling Castle.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
Went on board our convoy, the Nereus.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The convoy hove to off Saint Helena, to obtain fresh provisions and water.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Shortly afterwards, Captain Forrest captured a French convoy consisting of 9 ships, carrying 112 guns and 415 men.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Thy winged troops, O God of hosts!
Wait on thy wand'ring church below
Here we are sailing to thy coasts;
Let angels be our convoy too.
"Hymn 18" by Isaac Watts
And, as we watch those canvas towers
That lean along the horizon's rim,
'Sail on,' I'll say; 'may sunniest hours
Convoy you from this land of ours,
Since from my side you bear not him!'
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell
But they may not quit station
(Which is our salvation )
So swiftly we stand to the Nor'ard again;
And finding the tail of
A homeward-bound convoy, We slip past the Scillies like poor honest men.
"Poor Honest Men" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The wreckage of burnt vehicles from a convoy of pro-Gadhafi fighters that tried to flee Sirte, Libya, on Thursday.
The 12th Wishes on Wheels Truck Convoy to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation of Connecticut will occur on Sept 18.
Samsung Convoy 2 SCH-U660 (Verizon Wireless).
Libyan convoy in Niger is reminder of Sahel's close ties.
Gadhafi Troop Convoy Apparently Crosses Into Niger.
A troop convoy from Libya has crossed into the neighboring country of Niger, according to news reports.
It's not clear if any family members of Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi are part of the convoy .
It is not yet known whether the convoy includes Moammar Kadafi, any members of his family or other high-level members of his government.
Libya military convoy arrives in Niger.
Convoy Operations With North Idaho's Rhino Platoon.
Over 3,000 American have been killed protecting fuel convoys, so the Pentagon has a strategy to get serious about efficiency.
We turn now to Pakistan where a big motor convoy has been snaking across the map.
Sudan's western Darfur region said on Saturday they had successfully attacked a large government convoy in the territory's north, capturing a tank and other military vehicles.
The last two times I went to dim sum at Jasmine in Convoy, the carts seemed to disappear before we could get any turnip cakes or chicken feet.
Al-Awlaki believed killed in US drone , jet attack on his convoy in Yemen.
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