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A temporary encampment often in an unsheltered area.
intr.v. biv·ou·acked, biv·ou·ack·ing, biv·ou·acs also biv·ou·acks
To camp in a bivouac.
[French, from German dialectal beiwacht, supplementary night watch : bei-, beside (from Middle High German bi-, from Old High German; see ambhi in Indo-European roots) + Wacht, watch, vigil (from Middle High German wahte, from Old High German wahta; see weg- in Indo-European roots).]
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(Military) a temporary encampment with few facilities, as used by soldiers, mountaineers, etc
vb, -acs, -acking or -acked
(Military) (intr) to make such an encampment
[C18: from French bivuac, probably from Swiss German Beiwacht, literally: by + watch]
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biv•ou•ac(ˈbɪv uˌæk, ˈbɪv wæk)
n., v. -acked, -ack•ing. n.
1. a military encampment made with tents.
2. the place used for such an encampment.v.i.
3. to assemble in a bivouac.
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Past participle: bivouacked
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|Noun||1.||bivouac - temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers; "wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling"|
boot camp - camp for training military recruits
hutment - an encampment of huts (chiefly military)
military quarters - living quarters for personnel on a military post
|2.||bivouac - a site where people on holiday can pitch a tent|
|Verb||1.||bivouac - live in or as if in a tent; "Can we go camping again this summer?"; "The circus tented near the town"; "The houseguests had to camp in the living room"|
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