debouch[dē bo̵̅o̅s̸h′, di-]
- Mil. to come forth from a narrow or shut-in place into open country
- to come forth; emerge
Origin of debouchFrench déboucher, to emerge from ; from dé- (see de-) + bouche, mouth, opening ; from Classical Latin bucca, cheek: see buccal
verbde·bouched, de·bouch·ing, de·bouch·es
- To march from a narrow or confined area into the open.
- To emerge; issue: “His companions still lay in the bed of the ravine, through which the smaller stream debouched” (James Fenimore Cooper).
Origin of debouchFrench déboucher : dé-, out of (from Old French des-; see de–) + bouche, mouth (from Latin bucca, cheek, mouth).
- (geography) A narrow outlet from which a body of water pours.
- (military) A fortress at the end of a defile.
(third-person singular simple present debouches, present participle debouching, simple past and past participle debouched)
- To pour forth from a narrow opening. To emerge from a narrow place like a defile into open country or a wider space.
- 1985, the pretty pimpled young man, no longer a boy, came down from the imperial box in his purple to the performers’ well which debouched into the arena. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
- 1993, Ungrateful brats debouch from their cheap holiday in someone else’s misery and their tired parents try desperately to summon up joy out of indifference. — Will Self, My Idea of Fun
- 1997, the water rushes away in uncommonly long waterfalls, downward for hours, unbrak’d, till at last debouching into an interior Lake of great size — Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
French déboucher (de + bouche), modelled on Italian sboccare.