bivouac

Definitions

  • Bivouac of Louis XIV.——503
    Bivouac of Louis XIV.——503
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bivouac live in or as if in a tent "Can we go camping again this summer?","The circus tented near the town","The houseguests had to camp in the living room"
    • n bivouac temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers "wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling"
    • n bivouac a site where people on holiday can pitch a tent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bivouac (Mil) The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack.
    • v. i Bivouac (Mil) To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bivouac An encampment of soldiers in the open air without tents, each soldier remaining dressed and with his weapons by him; hence, figuratively, a position or situation of readiness for emergencies, or a situation demanding extreme watchfulness.
    • bivouac To encamp in the open air without tents or covering, as soldiers on a march or in expectation of an engagement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bivouac biv′ōō-ak the resting at night of soldiers in the open air, instead of under cover in camp
    • v.i Bivouac to pass the night in the open air:—pr.p. biv′ouacking; pa.p. biv′ouacked
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bivouac, bivac, prab. fr. G. beiwache, or beiwacht,; bei, by, near + wachen, to watch, wache, watch, guard. See By, and Watch

Usage

In literature:

In the former the discrowned king sings, as he rises from his nightly bivouac.
"The Life of David" by Alexander Maclaren
It was a complete "bivouac" but there was no hardship in it.
"The Talking Leaves" by William O. Stoddard
A field of fresh clover served for our bivouac.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The 23rd Pioneers were therefore pushed on, to occupy the pass and bivouac there.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
Maps 1/10,000 of the Anzac area showing roads and bivouacs will be issued to unit commanders on arrival.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
We were relieved next day by the 74th Brigade, and returned to bivouac at Bouzincourt.
"The War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (T. F.)" by Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser Cruttwell
He must report at the appointed bivouac.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
About sundown we crossed on the bridge, and our wagons joining us we went into bivouac.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
I often passed the night near the bivouac of the Red River drivers.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
They told the old tales of the bivouac; they sang its naughty or swaggering songs.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
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In poetry:

The sinking moon, with fading scars,
Hath touched their frosty spires;
Around them pale the wearied stars,
Like waning bivouac fires.
"The Mountains Of Meran At Sunrise" by John Lawson Stoddard
"He had speech that night on the morrow's designs
With his chiefs by the bivouac fire,
While the belt of flames from the enemy's lines
Flared nigher him yet and nigher.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
Sixteen dead men! Where do they go ?
“To join their regiment, where Sarsfield leads ;
Wolfe Tone and Emmet, too, well do they know.
There shall they bivouac, telling great deeds."
"Sixteen Dead Men" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
For presently, O soldiers, we too camp in our place in the bivouac-
camps of green;
But we need not provide for outposts, nor word for the countersign,
Nor drummer to beat the morning drum.
"Camps Of Green" by Walt Whitman
The watchfires died away from the bivouac on the hill,
And o'er the mountain-tops the dawn crept cold and slow,
And in the morning sky the stars were shining still,
When up the steep hillside came the columns of the foe.
"Basaco" by Cicely Fox Smith
You are standing—maybe—and seeing the sickle moon
Move in a small arc over the forests
And bivouac fire, red in the black valley.
You are lying—maybe—in a straw field and sleeping
And dew falls cold on your forehead and battle jacket.
"Thinking Of A Friend At Night" by Hermann Hesse

In news:

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