from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To march from a narrow or confined area into the open.
- intransitive v. To emerge; issue: "His companions still lay in the bed of the ravine, through which the smaller stream debouched” ( James Fenimore Cooper).
- transitive v. To cause to emerge or issue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A narrow outlet from which a body of water pours.
- n. A fortress at the end of a defile.
- v. To pour forth from a narrow opening. To emerge from a narrow place like a defile into open country or a wider space.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To march out from a wood, defile, or other confined spot, into open ground; to issue.
- intransitive v. To issue; -- said of a stream passing from a gorge out into an open valley or a plain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To emerge or pass out; issue
- In physical geography, to issue from a mountain: said of a river which enters a plain from an elevated region.
- In anatomy, to open out; empty or pour contents, as into a duct or other vessel: as, the ureter debouches into the bladder.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. march out (as from a defile) into open ground
- v. pass out or emerge; especially of rivers
French déboucher : dé-, out of (from Old French des-; see de-) + bouche, mouth (from Latin bucca, cheek, mouth).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French déboucher (de + bouche), modelled on Italian sboccare. (Wiktionary)