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

  • n. An advance; an expedition.
  • n. A large-scale military advance, specifically the Greek mercenary expedition across Asia Minor in 401 B.C. led by Cyrus the Younger of Persia, as described by Xenophon. It was unsuccessful, and the Greeks, led by Xenophon, retreated to the Black Sea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A military march up-country, especially that of Cyrus the Younger into Asia.
  • n. The first period, or increase, of a disease; augmentation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A journey or expedition up from the coast, like that of the younger Cyrus into Central Asia, described by Xenophon in his work called “The Anabasis.”
  • n. The first period, or increase, of a disease; augmentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A going up, especially a military advance: opposed to catabasis.
  • n. Hence Any military expedition: as,“the anabasis of Napoleon,” “General Sherman's great anabasis,”
  • n. The course of a disease from the commencement to the climax.


Greek, from anabainein, to go up; see anabaena.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀνάβασις ("a going up, an ascent"), from ἀναβαίνειν ("to go up"), from ἀνά (ana, "up") + βάσις ("walk, going"). (Wiktionary)



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  • JM asked the travel agent for a cheap anabasis but it appears not to be on offer this week nor next.

    August 13, 2010