[ biv-oo-ak, biv-wak ]
/ ˈbɪv uˌæk, ˈbɪv wæk /
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a military encampment made with tents or improvised shelters, usually without shelter or protection from enemy fire.
the place used for such an encampment.
verb (used without object), biv·ou·acked, biv·ou·ack·ing.
to rest or assemble in such an area; encamp.
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How to use bivouac in a sentence
The small force pressed forward as far as the Matlaurin River, about half way, where all bivouacked.Robert Moffat|David J. Deane
The division crossed, and bivouacked on the hills around Colonel Porter's house for the night.
Gregg sent out a regiment in pursuit, while the main body of his command bivouacked in the field west of the Court-House.
As soon as the General had occupied the square he turned his men out and bivouacked them on the plain round the village.
We bivouacked at Granaatz Plaatz farm that night, whence the heliograph winked the news of our engagement to our camp.
British Dictionary definitions for bivouac
/ (ˈbɪvʊˌæk, ˈbɪvwæk) /
a temporary encampment with few facilities, as used by soldiers, mountaineers, etc
verb -acs, -acking or -acked
(intr) to make such an encampment
Word Origin for bivouac
C18: from French bivuac, probably from Swiss German Beiwacht, literally: by + watch
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