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- The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack.
- An encampment for the night, usually without tents or covering.
- A temporary encampment.
*"The outing begins by Thursday noon, when the recreational vehicles start rumbling into town and their owners set up bivouacs." —Boston Globe, September 23, 2005
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Biv"ouac (&?;), n. [F. bivouac,
bivac, prab. fr. G. beiwache, or beiwacht; bei
by, near + wachen to watch, wache watch, guard. See
By, and Watch.] (Mil.) (a) The
watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack.
(b) An encampment for the night without tents or
Biv"ouac, v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Bivouacked (&?;); p. pr. & vb. n.
Bivouacking.] (Mil.) (a) To watch at
night or be on guard, as a whole army. (b) To
encamp for the night without tents or covering.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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