Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An advance; an expedition.
  • noun A large-scale military advance, especially the Greek mercenary expedition across Asia Minor in 401 BC 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 The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.”
  • noun (Med.), obsolete The first period, or increase, of a disease; augmentation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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

[Greek, from anabainein, to go up; see anabaena.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek ἀνάβασις ("a going up, an ascent"), from ἀναβαίνειν ("to go up"), from ἀνά (ana, "up") + βάσις ("walk, going").

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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