Definition of Bivouac

1. Noun. Temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers. "Wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling"

Exact synonyms: Camp, Cantonment, Encampment
Specialized synonyms: Boot Camp, Hutment, Laager, Lager
Generic synonyms: Military Quarters
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Camp, Canton



2. Verb. Live in or as if in a tent. "The houseguests had to camp in the living room"
Exact synonyms: Camp, Camp Out, Encamp, Tent
Generic synonyms: Dwell, Inhabit, Live, Populate
Derivative terms: Camp, Camp, Camper, Camping, Encampment, Tent, Tenting

3. Noun. A site where people on holiday can pitch a tent.

Definition of Bivouac

1. n. The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack.

2. v. i. To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army.

Definition of Bivouac

1. Noun. An encampment for the night, usually without tents or covering. ¹

2. Noun. Any temporary encampment. ¹

3. Noun. (dated) The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack. ¹

4. Verb. To set up camp. ¹

5. Verb. To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army. ¹

6. Verb. To encamp for the night without tents or covering. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bivouac

1. to make a camp [v -OUACKED, -OUACKING, -OUACKS or -OUACS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bivouac

biventricular
biverbal
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bivi bag
bivia
bivial
bivies
bivinyl
bivinyls
bivious
bivis
bivittate
bivium
bivocal
bivoltine
bivouac (current term)
bivouac sack
bivouac sacks
bivouack
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bivouacking
bivouacks
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bivvied
bivvies
bivvy
bivvying
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biwa
biwas

Literary usage of Bivouac

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1. A Treatise on Military Surgery and Hygiene by Frank Hastings Hamilton (1865)
"A " bivouac " is the watch or guard of troops upon a field without shelter, ... Sometimes, also, soldiers are compelled to bivouac in hurried retreats. ..."

2. History of Friedrich II, of Prussia: Called Frederick the Great by Thomas Carlyle (1900)
"1741 Broglio had an unquiet Winter of it in his new command; and did not extend his quarters, but the contrary. Broglio has a bivouac of Pisek; ..."

3. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"O'Hara wrote only two poems which have been preserved to history—one entitled "The bivouac of the Dead," the other "A Dirge for the Brave Old Pioneer. ..."

4. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1921)
"bivouac ON A MOUNTAIN SIDE I SEE before me now a travelling army halting, Below a fertile valley spread, with barns and the orchards of summer, Behind, ..."

5. A Practical treatise on military surgery by Frank Hastings Hamilton (1861)
"A " bivouac" is the watch or guard of troops upon a field without shelter, ... Sometimes also soldiers are compelled to bivouac in hurried ..."

6. Southern Writers: Selections in Prose and Verse by William Peterfield Trent (1905)
"On Fame's eternal camping-ground Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards with solemn round The bivouac of the dead. No rumor of the foe's advance ..."

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