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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BIVOUAC

Ascended a red-topped peak close to our bivouac and got a view ahead.

Continuing westerly for about ten miles, we reached the water, our bivouac on the 22nd.

On a day late in October our company were in bivouac after some hard night-riding.

The occupants of this bivouac had turned in, and the lights had been doused.

The bivouac was in the neighborhood of the Ground Squirrel bridge.

We remained in bivouac here the remainder of the day and night.

I hope so, mon lieutenant; and if it be at a bivouac fire, all the better.

Don't introduce me, Mark; leave me to shake down in any bivouac that may offer.

A conscription, a march, a bivouac, and a battle will form act the first.

If I mistake not, we've got something like refreshment at our bivouac.

WORD ORIGIN

1702, from French bivouac (17c.), ultimately from Swiss/Alsatian biwacht "night guard," from bei- "double, additional" + wacht "guard" (see wait (v.)). Original meaning was an army that stayed up on night watch; sense of "outdoor camp" is 1853. Not a common word in English before the Napoleonic Wars. Italian bivacco is from French. As a verb, 1809, "to post troops in the night;" meaning "camp out of doors" is from 1814.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BIVOUAC

barracks

nounshelter for military
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