verb (used without object), sor·tied, sor·tie·ing.
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
British Dictionary definitions for sortie
- (of troops, etc) the act of emerging from a contained or besieged position
- the troops doing this