foray

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foray briefly enter enemy territory
    • v foray steal goods; take as spoils "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
    • n foray an initial attempt (especially outside your usual areas of competence) "scientists' forays into politics"
    • n foray a sudden short attack
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Foray A sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare; hence, any irregular incursion for war or spoils; a raid. "The huge Earl Doorm, . . . Bound on a foray , rolling eyes of prey."
    • v. t Foray To pillage; to ravage. "He might foray our lands."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foray The act of foraging; a predatory excursion.
    • n foray Synonyms Incursion, Raid, etc. See invasion.
    • foray To ravage; pillage.
    • foray To engage in a foray; pillage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Foray for′ā a sudden incursion into an enemy's country
    • v.t Foray to ravage
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Another form of forahe,. Cf. Forray

Usage

In literature:

A number were engaged in gambling for the various trinkets they had procured in their successful foray.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
He determined, therefore, on every account, to make a foray into Macedon.
"Pyrrhus" by Jacob Abbott
The scoundrel in the bath had heard, had taken advantage, made a foray and hidden.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
But they met with no success in their forays towards the Alps.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
But these forays into the preserves of theology were happily rare.
"Australian Writers" by Desmond Byrne
The tales of Indian forays, which had at first been little more than rumours, were now confirmed.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
There has been no foray on the part of the Turks.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Bear Grass river, early settlements on, 274; foray on, 384, 385.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
The foray of the Indians at the Spider Water Bridge proved, as Bob Scott had feared, only a forerunner of active hostilities.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
None who saw it will ever forget the appearance of that mountain road the day following this night's foray.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
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In poetry:

Here in his last wild foray
He fell, and here he lies–
His armour makes no rattle,
The clay is in his eyes.
"The King of Ireland's Cairn" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Old forays of the field and ford, —
Brave echoes from brave years that were,
A trumpet-call, a clinking spur,
And chiming of a swinging sword.
"Hodson of Hodson's Horse" by Cicely Fox Smith
If Conor's royal strength had not decayed,
Hard would have been the strife on either side:
Mave of the Plain of Champions had not made
A foray then of so much boastful pride.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
But, unto him, whose scales have fallen away,
Whose deafness has been healed by Love Divine;
A flood of music gushes in foraye,
And all God's works, with deathless lustre, shine.
"An Hymn" by James Avis Bartley
The Moqui may boast from his town of the Rock:
Can it stand when the earthquake shall come with its shock?
The Suni may laugh in his desert so dry—
He will wail to his God when our foray is nigh.
"Song Of The Nabajo" by Albert Pike
Somewhere in fight or foray, somewhere by sea or shore,
His fathers — they were men of might — used the great craft of war:
Nought had he kept of Cressy field or red Trafalgar's tide,
But the great heart within him and his blind unspoken pride!
"A Ballad Of The Time" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

My First Foray Into Sports Psychology.
Winners and losers in India's foray into Formula 1.
A true Blue's foray into Red (Rocks) territory.
Clark's odd Alberta foray is hard to take seriously.
Christy Clark's odd Alberta foray hard to take seriously.
The Who's Pete Townshend says child porn foray was 'research,' and 'insane'.
JK Rowling's first foray in adult fiction.
Goldman Sachs' Foray Into Impact Investing.
Nordstrom to Open 4 Canadian Stores in First Foray Outside U.S.
Mogul's Latest Foray Courts Jews for the G.O.P.
Blake Lively has the whole gilded goddess look down for the video ad for Gucci Premiere — the Italian brand's latest foray into scent.
The former Pittsburgh Steeler's new venture marks his foray into sporting goods.
What's Behind Freeport 's Renewed Foray Into Energy.
What happens at the Northeast Mycological Federation Foray.
I will never forget my one and only foray into Black Friday.
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In science:

One foray into the general N-body calculation was made in Dine, Echols, and Gray (2000).
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
However, see for an initial foray into random waves.
Extreme statistics of complex random and quantum chaotic states
In fact, our initial foray into tightness started with variations of SAT.
Consistency and Random Constraint Satisfaction Models
R. Cowan, P. A. David, and D. Foray, "The Explicit Economics of Knowledge Codification and Tacitness," Industrial and Corporate Change, vol. 9, pp. 211–253, 2000.
Supporting Knowledge and Expertise Finding within Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation
As a first foray into the problem of cooperative binding, we examine a toy model which reflects some of the full complexity of binding in hemoglobin.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
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