Sally

Definition of Sally

Sal´ly   Pronunciation: săl´lŷ
v. i.1.To leap or rush out; to burst forth; to issue suddenly; as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers; to make a sally.
[imp. & p. p. Sallied (-lĭd); p. pr. & vb. n. Sallying.]
They break the truce, and sally out by night.
- Dryden.
The foe retires, - she heads the sallying host.
- Byron.
n.1.A leaping forth; a darting; a spring.
2.A rushing or bursting forth; a quick issue; a sudden eruption; specifically, an issuing of troops from a place besieged to attack the besiegers; a sortie.
Sallies were made by the Spaniards, but they were beaten in with loss.
- Bacon.
3.An excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation.
Every one shall know a country better that makes often sallies into it, and traverses it up and down, than he that . . . goes still round in the same track.
- Locke.
4.A flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind.
The unaffected mirth with which she enjoyed his sallies.
- Sir W. Scott.
5.Transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade.
The excursion was esteemed but a sally of youth.
- Sir H. Wotton.
Sally port
a - (Fort.) A postern gate, or a passage underground, from the inner to the outer works, to afford free egress for troops in a sortie
b - (Naval) A large port on each quarter of a fireship, for the escape of the men into boats when the train is fired; a large port in an old-fashioned three-decker or a large modern ironclad.

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