American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To rush out or leap forth suddenly.
- v. To issue suddenly from a defensive or besieged position to attack an enemy.
- v. To set out on a trip or excursion: sallied forth to see the world.
- n. A sudden rush forward; a leap.
- n. An assault from a defensive position; a sortie.
- n. A sudden emergence into action or expression; an outburst.
- n. A sudden quick witticism; a quip. See Synonyms at joke.
- n. A venturing forth; a jaunt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as sallow.
- n. A leap or spring; a darting; a dance.
- n. A sudden rush, dash, or springing forth; specifically, a sudden and determined rush or eruption of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers; a sortie: as, the garrison made a sally.
- n. A run or excursion; a trip or jaunt; a going out in general.
- n. In architecture, a projection; the end of a piece of timber cut with an interior angle formed by two planes across the fibers, as the feet of common rafters.
- n. An outburst, as of imagination, fancy, merriment, etc.; a flight; hence, a freak, frolic, or escapade.
- To leap; spring; dance.
- To leap, dash, or spring forth; burst out; specifically, to make a sally, as a body of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers; hence, to set out briskly or energetically.
- To mount; copulate with: said of horses.
- n. The wren, Troglodytes parvulus.
- n. A kind of stone-fly; one of the Perlidæ: as, the yellow sally, Chloroperla viridis, much used by anglers in England.
- n. Also applied to several species of trees belonging to the genus Eucalyptus.
- n. Acacia melanoxylon. See blackwood, 2.
- n. Eucryphia Moorei. See plum, 7.
- n. See salenixon.
- n. A willow
- n. Any tree that looks like a willow
- n. An object made from the above trees' wood
- n. A sortie of troops from a besieged place against an enemy.
- n. A sudden rushing forth.
- n. figuratively A witty statement or quip, usually at the expense of one's interlocutor.
- n. An excursion or side trip.
- n. A tufted woollen part of a bellrope, used to provide grip when ringing a bell.
- v. intransitive To make a sudden attack on an enemy from a defended position.
- v. intransitive To set out on an excursion; venture; depart (often followed by "forth.")
- v. intransitive To venture off the beaten path.
- n. New Zealand, slang A member of the Salvation Army.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To leap or rush out; to burst forth; to issue suddenly; as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers; to make a sally.
- n. A leaping forth; a darting; a spring.
- n. A rushing or bursting forth; a quick issue; a sudden eruption; specifically, an issuing of troops from a place besieged to attack the besiegers; a sortie.
- n. An excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation.
- n. A flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind.
- n. Transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade.
- n. a venture off the beaten path
- n. a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
- n. witty remark
- From salvation in Salvation Army, from Latin salvatio (Wiktionary)
- From French saillie, a sally, from Old French, from feminine past participle of salir, to rush forward, from Latin salīre, to leap. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Squander the hell-rook ranks sally to molest him' means 'Scatter the ranks that sally to molest him': but since the words _squander_ and _sally_ occupy similar positions in the two sections of the verse, and are enforced by a similar accentuation, the second verb deprived of its pronoun will follow the first and appear as an imperative; and there is nothing to prevent its being so taken but the contradiction that it makes in the meaning; whereas the grammar should expose and enforce the meaning, not have to be determined by the meaning.”
“And as you said, most jails do have what they call a sally port.”
“Miranda urged him to come over to the insurgent side but Santa Anna made a bold sally from the city and broke the siege.”
“And yes mummy, sally is browner (and thankfully smaller than Clifford).”
“Durazzo to assist their own deliverance by a well-timed sally from the town.”
“Of such soldiers, few could be tempted to sally from the gates; and none could be persuaded to remain in the field, unless they wanted strength and speed to escape from the”
“The Apulian and Ragusian vessels fled to the shore, several were cut from their cables, and dragged away by the conqueror; and a sally from the town carried slaughter and dismay to the tents of the Norman duke.”
“a timely sally from the town; and he had fixed his lieutenant,”
“a sally from the Capitol; and if the numbers and valor of the”
“Foremost in pressing for the sally were the Acharnians, as constituting no small part of the army of the state, and as it was their land that was being ravaged.”
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