Meaning of sortie

sor•tie

Pronunciation: (sôr'tē), [key]
— n., v., -tied, -tie•ing.
—n.
  1. a rapid movement of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers.
  2. a body of troops involved in such a movement.
  3. the flying of an airplane on a combat mission.
—v.i.
  1. to go on a sortie; sally forth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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