Biv"ouac (?), n. [F. bivouac, bivac, prab. fr. G. beiwache, or beiwacht; bei by, near + wachen to watch, wache watch, guard. See By, and Watch.] Mil. (a)

The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack.

(b)

An encampment for the night without tents or covering.

 

© Webster 1913.


Biv"ouac, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Bivouacked (); p. pr. & vb. n. Bivouacking.] Mil. (a)

To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army.

(b)

To encamp for the night without tents or covering.

 

© Webster 1913.

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