Bivouac definitions

bĭv'o͝o-ăk', bĭv'wăk'
A night guard to avoid surprise attack.
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A temporary encampment (esp. of soldiers) in the open, with only tents or improvised shelter.
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To encamp in the open.
verb
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To camp in a bivouac.
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A temporary encampment often in an unsheltered area.
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The definition of a bivouac is a temporary camp with limited shelter.

An example of a bivouac is a set up of tents and a campfire for soldiers.

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Bivouac is defined as to stay in a temporary camp.

An example of bivouac is for soldiers to sleep outdoors for a night.

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An encampment for the night, usually without tents or covering.
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Any temporary encampment.
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(dated) The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack.
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To set up camp.

We'll bivouac here tonight.

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To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army.
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To encamp for the night without tents or covering.
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Origin of bivouac

Borrowing from French bivouac, formerly biouac, bivac, from Alemannic German beiwacht, biwacht (“a patrol of citizens added to in time of alarm or commotion to the regular town watch”), from bi, bei (“by”) + *wacht (“watch, guard”), from Middle High German wachte, from Old High German *wahta (“guard, watch”), from Proto-Germanic *wahtwō (“guard, watch”), from Proto-Indo-European *weǵ- (“to be awake, be fresh, be cheerful”). Compare German Beiwache (“a keeping watch”), German Wacht (“guard”). More at by, watch, wait.