from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Abu Qir.

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  • proper n. Alternative spelling of Aboukir.

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  • n. a bay on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Egypt


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  • British admiral Horatio Nelson destroyed the French fleet anchored in the harbor of Abukir.


  • The Ottomans, supported by the British, then defeated Napoleon's army at Abukir (July 25, 1799) after it returned from an unsuccessful campaign in Syria.


  • The British fleet destroyed the French ships off Abukir (Aug. 1), isolating the troops from France.


  • The French defeated an Ottoman force at Abukir (July 1799) and then at Heliopolis (March 20, 1800), but a joint Ottoman-British force finally obtained French surrender and evacuation (Sept. 1801).


  • August 1 he French fleet is destroyed by the British in the Battle of the Nile at Abukir.

    Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

  • Military history shows that after boldly carried out landings at Abukir and Cape Breton, for example, the success of the extensive operations was impaired, almost lost, because of lack of energy and rapidity of execution of offensive movements.

    Operations Upon the Sea A Study

  • We went out by Gibraltar, flew to Cairo, to Abukir, near Alexandria, where we had a major overhaul.

    The Japanese Ceylon Attack

  • Little of Alexandria could be seen except the sea front and the southern and eastern portions which the railway skirted in its way out between the large shallow lakes, Mariut and Abukir, into the

    The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I Egypt, Gallipoli, Lemnos Island, Sinai Peninsula

  • For some time after leaving the city the railway was followed, until they arrived at the neck of land that separates the lakes Mariut and Abukir, then, leaving the road entirely, Captain Forsyth edged away from the railway and skirted along the south-west bank of Lake Abukir.

    Under the Rebel's Reign

  • Whether it is Nelson, the greatest of all admirals, at Abukir, Copenhagen, or Trafalgar; or Farragut, second only to Nelson, at New Orleans or Mobile; or Dewey at Manila┬Śthe great occasion must meet with the great man, or the result will be at worst a failure, at best an indecisive success.

    XII. Admiral Dewey


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