- a hostile entrance into or invasion of a place or territory, especially a sudden one; raid: The bandits made brief incursions on the village.
- a harmful inroad.
- a running in: the incursion of sea water.
Origin of incursion
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Examples from the Web for incursion
Griswold was undeniably an incursion on democratic powers with a definite whiff of activism.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling
October 13, 2014
And I remember once there was a Nicaraguan Sandinista incursion in Honduras and the Nicaraguans denied it.
And at midnight Spanish time, the Nicaraguans said, ‘Okay, we had an incursion, but it was justified.’
Much of the American left is critical of Israel, particularly since its incursion into Gaza.Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
July 30, 2014
Israel makes an incursion into Gaza every few years, and we always have little choice but to let it play out.American Statesmanship Is Depressingly MIA on Border Kids, MH17 & Gaza
July 21, 2014
In the course of the year an incursion was made to destroy the Lacantuns.The Annals of the Cakchiquels
Daniel G. Brinton
He did not take the incursion of the foreigner “lying down.”The Angel and the Author - and Others
Jerome K. Jerome
The idea of an Indian incursion, with him at the head of it, seemed too improbable.The White Chief
They have fled before that incursion as a flock of birds before a whirlwind.Jersey Street and Jersey Lane
H. C. Bunner
In 1818 the crops of the settlers were devoured by an incursion of locusts.
- a sudden invasion, attack, or raid
- the act of running or leaking into; penetration
Word Origin and History for incursion
"hostile attack," early 15c., from Middle French incursion (14c.) or directly from Latin incursionem (nominative incursio) "a running against," noun of action from past participle stem of incurrere (see incur).