verb (used without object), biv·ou·acked, biv·ou·ack·ing.
Origin of bivouac
Examples from the Web for bivouac
It was dark when Shackles and Little Nell had come slowly to where they could hear the murmur of the army's bivouac.Wounds in the rain|Stephen Crane
As the whole afternoon was before us, we at once set to work to make our bivouac more than ordinarily comfortable.The Campaign of the Forty-fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia|Charles Eustis Hubbard
But the entire corps got over safely and went into bivouac on the cold, wet ground.Company G|A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
To-night I must bivouac; to-morrow my trunk is to follow from the “Dragon.”Lay Morals|Robert Louis Stevenson
On the bank of this rivulet, and under one of its bluffs, we chose a spot for our bivouac.The Scalp Hunters|Mayne Reid
verb -acs, -acking or -acked
Word Origin for bivouac
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.