debouch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v debouch pass out or emerge; especially of rivers "The tributary debouched into the big river"
    • v debouch march out (as from a defile) into open ground "The regiments debouched from the valley"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Debouch (Geog) To issue; -- said of a stream passing from a gorge out into an open valley or a plain.
    • v. i Debouch To march out from a wood, defile, or other confined spot, into open ground; to issue. "Battalions debouching on the plain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • debouch To emerge or pass out; issue. To issue or march out of a narrow place, or from a defile, as troops.
    • debouch In physical geography, to issue from a mountain: said of a river which enters a plain from an elevated region.
    • debouch In anatomy, to open out; empty or pour contents, as into a duct or other vessel: as, the ureter debouches into the bladder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Debouch de-bōōsh′ to march out from a narrow pass or confined place
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déboucher,; pref. dé-,L. dis-, or de,) + boucher, to stop up, fr. bouche, mouth, fr. L. bucca, the cheek. Cf. Disembogue
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. déboucherde, from, bouche, the mouth—L. bucca, the cheek.

Usage

In literature:

After twenty minutes of rapid tramping it debouched abruptly into a cleared space.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
And presently, sure enough, two town gentlemen, with cigars and kid gloves, came debouching past the house.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
At that time the Natisone debouched close to the town, and there was ample anchorage for ships.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The round, at that very moment, debouched upon the terrace, and proceeded to summon him with shouts and curses.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There they rested, and we soon saw the rebel columns debouch from both the Loudon and the Kingston roads.
"Campaign of Battery D, First Rhode Island light artillery." by Ezra Knight Parker
The main one stretched straight ahead and debouched into a large hall.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
Beyond, on the left, a column of the enemy were debouching from the road and marching on Klein-Gorschen.
"The Conscript" by Émile Erckmann
It could not, however, be said to debouch into this valley.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
It is near this place that the Lo Lo trail debouches into the Bitter Root Valley, the western settlement of Montana.
"The Battle of the Big Hole" by G. O. Shields
At length we turned the corner of a point and debouched on a flat of lava.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

All the past we leave behind;
We debouch upon a newer, mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
"Pioneers! O Pioneers!" by Walt Whitman
See, vast, trackless spaces;
As in a dream, they change, they swiftly fill;
Countless masses debouch upon them;
They are now cover'd with the foremost people, arts, institutions,
known.
"Starting From Paumanok" by Walt Whitman