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  • v. Present participle of bivouac.

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  • n. the act of encamping and living in tents in a camp


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  • But a new obstacle now arose in his troop; they had reckoned on a civic supper with their comrades of the guard; and the notion of bivouacking in front of the Abbaye, under the chilling wind and fierce showers which now swept down the dismal streets, was too much for their sense of discipline.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844

  • It may readily be understood how much the idea of bivouacking inside a plant pleased the fancy of our young companion; and perhaps we should have assisted in realizing his wish, if the barking of a dog had not attracted our attention; so we recommenced our march in better spirits.

    Aventures d'un jeune naturaliste. English

  • While "bivouacking" a little behind this hill the enemy's skirmishers a little after dark made quite a determined onset on our

    Reminiscences of a soldier of the Orphan brigade,

  • It remained apparently undiscovered until, in 1920, British troops left over from World War I stumbled across fragments of murals while bivouacking in the area.

    Rare Objects, Rarer Practices

  • For me, the most fun part of climbing was bivouacking – getting up on a wall and sleeping in god-awful conditions, in hammocks, or just hanging from your ropes all night trying to sleep.

    '180° South: Conquerors of the Useless'

  • Frustrated and chagrined that they had been outfoxed yet again by the Comanches, the Fourth had no choice but to countermarch, bivouacking for the night at the site of the abandoned village.25


  • But I was afraid of bivouacking; we were soaking wet, had no sleeping bags, nothing dry or warm to change into and we were still at a high elevation.

    Richard Bangs: Climbing the Killer Prince -- Merapi Volcano of Java, Part 3

  • The free hand propelled itself away with uncalled-for violence, before describing a ragged arabesque in the air and finally bivouacking on Daniel's hipAll emotional and psychological perception aside, the precise physical depiction of this tiny event recalls Winer's earlier training and practice as a painter.

    Peter Clothier: The Marriage Artist

  • When used as a verb, to bivouac (alternatively bivouacked, bivouacking, bivouacs also bivouacks) describes the action of setting up such a camp.

    Getting “Campy”

  • By the 17th all was ready, and having learned by scouting parties sent in the direction of Richmond and as far as Newmarket that the enemy's cavalry was returning to Lee's army I started that evening on my return march, crossing the Chickahominy at Jones's bridge, and bivouacking on the 19th near Baltimore crossroads.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories


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