verb (used without object), sor·tied, sor·tie·ing.
- sort out,
- sorting tracks,
- sorting yard,
Origin of sortie
Examples from the Web for sortie
My grandfather, his father, was a WW1 ace and was on the sortie which downed the Red Baron.
Light-signals were arranged with Thionville, and all preparations made for a sortie on the 7th.The Franco-German War of 1870-71|Count Helmuth, von Moltke
All now looked to the general, expecting he would utter the decisive word, and order the garrison to make a sortie.Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia|L. Mhlbach,
He died from a wound he received during a sortie from Basing House on the 14th of September, 1644.
Late this afternoon we started, four of us, with Davis as leader, to make the usual two-hour sortie over the lines.High Adventure|James Norman Hall
And now with Ned Rackham in the van, it seemed that the British sailors were in a parlous plight and that their sortie must fail.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
- (of troops, etc) the act of emerging from a contained or besieged position
- the troops doing this
verb -ties, -tieing or -tied
Word Origin for sortie
"attack of the besieged upon the besiegers," 1778, from French sortie (16c.), literally "a going out," noun use of fem. past participle of sortir "go out," from Vulgar Latin *surctire, from Latin surrectus, past participle of surgere "rise up" (see surge (n.)).