laager

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n laager a camp defended by a circular formation of wagons
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n laager A camp, especially one surrounded by a circular formation of travelers' wagons for temporary defense. "Wagons . . . can be readily formed into a laager , a camp, by being drawn into a circle, with the oxen placed inside and so kept safe from the attacks of wild beasts."
    • v. t. & i Laager To form into, or camp in, a laager, or protected camp.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laager In South Africa, an encampment; an inclosure for temporary defense formed of the wagons of a traveling party.
    • laager To arrange in such a way as to form a defensive inclosure; arrange so as to form a laager: as, to laager wagons.
    • laager To halt and form a laager; encamp in a laager: as, we laagered five miles farther on.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Laager lä′gėr in South African campaigning, a camp made by a ring of ox-wagons set close together, the spaces beneath being filled up with the baggage of the company
    • v.t Laager to arrange in such a defensive enclosure
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D., also leger,. Cf. 2d Leaguer Lair

Usage

In literature:

My laager had been at Potgietersdrift all this time, and for the time being we were deprived of our tents.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
There were twelve thousand men in the camp and eight hundred in the laager.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
Thereupon a large number of troops left Ladysmith for Acton Homes, where a Boer commando of four miles long was reported to be laagered.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Lindley, De Wet's laager at, 427.
"Lord Milner's Work in South Africa" by W. Basil Worsfold
It was a fine position for a laager, and well hidden away.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
I will make my plans and observations as to which of the three laagers it would be more prudent to attack.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
The Boers were in laager over the Border.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
A Boer laager was in fact close at hand.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
It was a nasty piece of work, as we were within a few miles of the Boer laager, three hundred strong.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Away over the veldt, nearly half a mile distant, the column is laagered.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
***