The chill dawn of an April morning saw the bivouac again broken up, and by noon the plain was vacant.
In silence, then, and very cautiously, we crept towards the bivouac of the Indians.
By the time we got back to our bivouac it was still early in the day, and we had already marched twenty-five miles.
Of course you mayn't play tennis—this is only a bivouac; and it's over now.
Also, Dunvegan posted an Indian lookout on the height above the other bivouac to carry warning of any untoward move.
We returned to the bivouac where M. Tassin had left the rest of his people.
Amongst others, a middle-aged and particularly garrulous Apache lady visited the American bivouac.
Then aloud he once more proposed that they should bivouac till daybreak.
Shall we bivouac here for the remainder of the night, or seek our beds?
"Then I hope we shall soon reach our bivouac," said Lucien, mournfully.
1702, from French bivouac (17c.), ultimately from Swiss/Alsatian biwacht "night guard," from bei- "double, additional" + wacht "guard" (see wait (v.)). Original meaning was an army that stayed up on night watch; sense of "outdoor camp" is 1853. Not a common word in English before the Napoleonic Wars. Italian bivacco is from French. As a verb, 1809, "to post troops in the night;" meaning "camp out of doors" is from 1814.