- Elsewhere, the only restraint is the presence of coalition forces at the airports or in temporary bivouacs, and these troops are poised to leave at any time.
- And effectively, 30 minutes later, the Finnish line-up reached the bivouac, having covered nearly 1600 km.
- Indian riflemen positioned in the bluffs north of camp fired blindly into the bivouac throughout the night, sending soldiers fleeing for cover in near-perfect darkness.
verb (bivouacs, bivouacking, bivouacked)[no object]
- Pakistan troops train by bivouacking at high altitudes and conducting routine administrative activities and route marches.
- Scampering up soapy slopes for the It's a Knockout Challenge, bivouacking for the night and abseiling down Ilkley's famous Cow and Calf rocks are some of the tasks.
- 16 At about 1: 30 a.m., on April 9, the Second Brigade passed over the Pocolatigo Bridge, and marched a short distance before bivouacking.
Early 18th century (denoting a night watch by the whole army): from French, probably from Swiss German Bîwacht 'additional guard at night', apparently denoting a citizens' patrol supporting the ordinary town watch.
‘A night watch by the whole army’ was the original meaning of bivouac. The origin is French, probably from Swiss German Bîwacht ‘additional guard at night’, apparently referring to a citizens' patrol giving support to the ordinary town watch. The word is said to have been introduced into English during the Thirty Years War (1618–48). The abbreviation bivvy is recorded from the early 20th century.
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