Definitions

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

  • noun An armed attack, especially one made from a place surrounded by enemy forces.
  • noun A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
  • intransitive verb To go on a sortie.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A going forth; a sally; specifically, the issuing of a body of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers; an outrush of a beleaguered garrison.
  • noun Same as postlude.

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

  • noun (Mil.) The sudden issuing of a body of troops, usually small, from a besieged place to attack or harass the besiegers; a sally.

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

  • noun military An offensive military mission. Used originally to mean an attack from a fortress, but most commonly used today to describe a single mission by a military aircraft.
  • verb transitive To sally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
  • noun (military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)

Etymologies

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

[French, from feminine past participle of sortir, to go out, from Old French.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowing from French sortie

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