- a station established at a distance from the main body of an army to protect it from surprise attack: We keep only a small garrison of men at our desert outposts.
- the body of troops stationed there; detachment or perimeter guard.
- an outlying settlement, installation, position, etc.
Origin of outpost
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Examples from the Web for outpost
The Cubans pulled up to the outpost and crammed the survivors into an open-body jeep and a pickup truck.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
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A former store manager at a Malibu, California outpost filed a lawsuit in December of 2012.His Reputation Precedes Him: Dov Charney’s Blacklist
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On July 4, 2009, a human wave of insurgents attacked the joint U.S./Afghan outpost at Zerok.
A guard tower sat high up on a nearby hill, but the outpost itself was no fortress.
Bergdahl was relieved from guard duty, and instead of going to sleep, he fled the outpost on foot.
It was proposed to build an outpost of Weald there, against blueskins.Pariah Planet
She had only one sentinel on the outpost of her spirit, and that was the sense of touch and feeling.The Scapegoat
Holt was formerly known as Lyons, and was a Roman outpost of Chester.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
While the fight was raging on the plain, Weber with his outpost was driven in.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
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This was merely an outpost strategy, laid as they passed along.Dwellers in the Hills
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- a position stationed at a distance from the area occupied by a major formation
- the troops assigned to such a position
- an outlying settlement or position
- a limit or frontier
Word Origin and History for outpost
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