Definitions for: Sortie

[n] an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)
[n] a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position

Webster (1913) Definition: Sor"tie (?; 277), n. [F., fr. sortir to go out, to
issue, probably fr. L. sortus, for surrectus, p. p. of
surgere to raise up, to rise up. See Source.] (Mil.)
The sudden issuing of a body of troops, usually small, from a
besieged place to attack or harass the besiegers; a sally.

Synonyms: sally

See Also: action, flight, flying, military action

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