from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of accompanying or escorting, especially for protective purposes.
- n. An accompanying and protecting force, as of ships or troops.
- n. A group, as of ships or motor vehicles, traveling together with a protective escort or for safety or convenience.
- transitive v. To accompany, especially for protection; escort: warships convoying merchant vessels across the Atlantic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One or more merchant ships sailing in company to the same general destination under the protection of naval vessels
- n. A group of vehicles travelling together for safety, especially one with an escort
- v. To escort a group of vehicles, and provide protection.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To accompany for protection, either by sea or land; to attend for protection; to escort.
- n. The act of attending for defense; the state of being so attended; protection; escort.
- n. A vessel or fleet, or a train or trains of wagons, employed in the transportation of munitions of war, money, subsistence, clothing, etc., and having an armed escort.
- n. A protection force accompanying ships, etc., on their way from place to place, by sea or land; an escort, for protection or guidance.
- n. Conveyance; means of transportation.
- n. A drag or brake applied to the wheels of a carriage, to check their velocity in going down a hill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To accompany on the way for protection, either by sea or land; escort: as, ships of war convoyed the Jamaica fleet; troops convoyed the baggage-wagons.
- To accompany for safety or guidance; attend as an escort on a journey.
- To convey.
- n. Conveyance.
- n. The act of accompanying and escorting for protection or defense; escort.
- n. The protection afforded by an accompanying escort, as of troops, a vessel of war, etc.
- n. An escort or accompanying and protecting force; a convoying vessel, fleet, or troop.
- n. The ship, fleet, party, or thing conducted or escorted and protected; that which is convoyed: as, in the fog the frigate lost sight of her convoy.
- n. A friction-brake for carriages.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a collection of merchant ships with an escort of warships
- v. escort in transit
- n. a procession of land vehicles traveling together
- n. the act of escorting while in transit
From Middle English convoyen, to escort, from Old French convoier, variant of conveier; see convey.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French convoier, another form of conveier, from Medieval Latin conviare ("to accompany on the way"), from Latin com- ("together") + via ("way"). (Wiktionary)