debouch

[ dih-boosh, -bouch ]
/ dɪˈbuʃ, -ˈbaʊtʃ /

verb (used without object)

to march out from a narrow or confined place into open country, as a body of troops: The platoon debouched from the defile into the plain.
Physical Geography.
  1. to emerge from a relatively narrow valley upon an open plain: A river or glacier debouches on the plains.
  2. to flow from a small valley into a larger one.
to come forth; emerge.

noun


Nearby words

  1. debonair,
  2. debone,
  3. deborah,
  4. deboshed,
  5. deboss,
  6. debouchment,
  7. debra,
  8. debrancher deficiency limit dextrinosis,
  9. debranching enzyme,
  10. debrecen

Origin of debouch

1655–65; < French déboucher, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + -boucher, verbal derivative of bouche mouth < Latin bucca cheek, jaw

Can be confuseddebauch debouch

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British Dictionary definitions for debouch

debouch

/ (dɪˈbaʊtʃ) /

verb

(intr) (esp of troops) to move into a more open space, as from a narrow or concealed place
(intr) (of a river, glacier, etc) to flow from a valley into a larger area or body

noun

Also called: débouché (French debuʃe) fortifications an outlet or passage, as for the exit of troops

Word Origin for debouch

C18: from French déboucher, from dé- dis 1 + bouche mouth, from Latin bucca cheek

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