Adjective "bivouac" definition and examples

(Bivouac may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈbɪvʊak//ˈbɪvwak/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers or mountaineers.
  1. 'The regiments that had fought at Quatre Bras arrived earlier and managed to set up bivouacs, such as they were, before nightfall.'
  2. 'He tells Woolford that earlier, while the porters prepared our dinner, he went to scout our route for the next morning and stumbled across seven tribesmen crowded in a tiny bivouac about a mile from our camp.'
  3. 'This is not a sedentary fishing, there are no bivouacs or campsites involved with this style of fishing.'
  4. 'Our only casualties from the bivouac were a slightly melted toe on my left plastic boot shell and Curt's taste for York peppermint patties (our only bivvy food).'
  5. 'I finally reached a garden like terrace of stunted trees, where the whole team set up the fourth bivouac.'
  6. 'They captured him, but left most of his baggage, together with a lot of papers, scattered about the bivouac where they had captured him.'
  7. 'At 6pm, we gathered on a tiny 2 X 3 meter ledge; our second bivouac.'
  8. 'Indian riflemen positioned in the bluffs north of camp fired blindly into the bivouac throughout the night, sending soldiers fleeing for cover in near-perfect darkness.'
  9. 'The battered bivouac has been replaced with a modern tent and a pickup.'
  10. 'The government hadn't supplied the surveyors with tents, so they rigged bivouacs to sleep in, toasted food over the fire and munched on hard square ship's biscuits.'

verb

Stay in a bivouac.
  1. '16 At about 1: 30 a.m., on April 9, the Second Brigade passed over the Pocolatigo Bridge, and marched a short distance before bivouacking.'
  2. 'Let us pray I am not forced to bivouac in Oval for any similar length of time.'
  3. 'Pakistan troops train by bivouacking at high altitudes and conducting routine administrative activities and route marches.'
  4. 'He bivouacked in the open, exposed, at 25,600 feet, on a ledge cut from the ice.'
  5. 'By nightfall, Hallowell's brigade had covered sixteen miles and had bivouacked at Spring Hill.'
  6. 'They sell their trinkets, junk, cigarettes, DVDs, etc, to our guards and the Pakistani truck drivers bivouacking outside awaiting entrance onto the base.'
  7. 'According to the hut radio report, they had bivouacked for two nights on the wall, then called in a rescue after almost getting killed by falling ice and rock.'
  8. 'They bivouacked quickly, and with as little noise as possible, set up an ambush to the rear in case they had been followed.'
  9. 'There, on the river's western bank, he bivouacked for the night.'
  10. 'Spend two days working your way up the 22 pitches of the Lotus Flower Tower, bivouacking alongside a sea of granite after the first ten pitches.'

More definitions

1. a military encampment made with tents or improvised shelters, usually without shelter or protection from enemy fire.

2. the place used for such an encampment. verb (used without object), bivouacked, bivouacking.

3. to rest or assemble in such an area; encamp.

More examples(as adjective)

"greens can be bivouac."

Origin

Early 18th century (denoting a night watch by the whole army): from French, probably from Swiss German Bîwacht ‘additional guard at night’, apparently denoting a citizens' patrol supporting the ordinary town watch.