Meaning of outpost

out•post

Pronunciation: (out'pōst"), [key]
— n.
  1. a station established at a distance from the main body of an army to protect it from surprise attack: We keep only a small garrison of men at our desert outposts.
  2. the body of troops stationed there; detachment or perimeter guard.
  3. an outlying settlement, installation, position, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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