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sally

SAL'LY, n. [See the Verb.] In a general sense, a spring; a darting or shooting. Hence,

1. An issue or rushing of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers.

2. A spring or darting of intellect, fancy or imagination; flight; sprightly exertion. We say, sallies of wit, sallies of imagination.

3. Excursion from the usual track; range.

He who often makes sallies into a country, and traverses it up and down, will know it better than one that goes always round in the same track.

4. Act of levity or extravagance; wild gaiety; frolic; a bounding or darting beyond ordinary rules; as a sally of youth; a sally of levity.

SAL'LY, v.i. [L. salio. Gr. to impel, to shoot. See Solar, from L. sol. Gr.]

1. To issue or rush out, as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers.

They break the truce, and sally out by night.

2. To issue suddenly; to make a sudden eruption.



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SAL'LY, n. [See the Verb.] In a general sense, a spring; a darting or shooting. Hence,

1. An issue or rushing of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers.

2. A spring or darting of intellect, fancy or imagination; flight; sprightly exertion. We say, sallies of wit, sallies of imagination.

3. Excursion from the usual track; range.

He who often makes sallies into a country, and traverses it up and down, will know it better than one that goes always round in the same track.

4. Act of levity or extravagance; wild gaiety; frolic; a bounding or darting beyond ordinary rules; as a sally of youth; a sally of levity.

SAL'LY, v.i. [L. salio. Gr. to impel, to shoot. See Solar, from L. sol. Gr.]

1. To issue or rush out, as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers.

They break the truce, and sally out by night.

2. To issue suddenly; to make a sudden eruption.

SAL'LY, n. [Fr. saillie; It. salita; Sp. salida; Port. sahida. See the Verb. In a general sense, a spring; a darting or shooting. Hence,]

  1. An issue or rushing of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers. – Bacon.
  2. A spring or darting of intellect, fancy, or imagination; flight; sprightly exertion. We say, sallies of wit, sallies of imagination.
  3. Excursion from the usual track; range. He who often makes sallies into a country, and traverses it up and down, will know it better than one that goes always round in the same track. – Locke.
  4. Act of levity or extravagance; wild gayety; frolick; a bounding or darting beyond ordinary rules; as, a sally of youth; a sally of levity. – Wotton. Swift.

SAL'LY, v.i. [Fr. saillir; Arm. sailha; It. salire; Sp. salir; Port. sahir, (l lost;) L. salio. Qu. Gr. ἁλλομαι, which is allied to the Ar. أَلّ alla, or هَلَّ halla, both of which signify to impel, to shoot. See Solar, from L. sol, W. haul, Gr. ἡλιος.]

  1. To issue or rush out, as a body of troops from a fortified place, to attack besiegers. They break the truce, and sally out by night. – Dryden.
  2. To issue suddenly; to make a sudden eruption.

Sal"ly
  1. To leap or rush out; to burst forth; to issue suddenly; as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers; to make a sally.

    They break the truce, and sally out by night. Dryden.

    The foe retires, -- she heads the sallying host. Byron.

  2. A leaping forth; a darting; a spring.
  3. A rushing or bursting forth; a quick issue; a sudden eruption; specifically, an issuing of troops from a place besieged to attack the besiegers; a sortie.

    Sallies were made by the Spaniards, but they were beaten in with loss. Bacon.

  4. An excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation.

    Every one shall know a country better that makes often sallies into it, and traverses it up and down, than he that . . . goes still round in the same track. Locke.

  5. A flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind.

    The unaffected mirth with which she enjoyed his sallies. Sir W. Scott.

  6. Transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade.

    The excursion was esteemed but a sally of youth. Sir H. Wotton.

    Sally port. (a) (Fort.) A postern gate, or a passage underground, from the inner to the outer works, to afford free egress for troops in a sortie. (b) (Naval) A large port on each quarter of a fireship, for the escape of the men into boats when the train is fired; a large port in an old-fashioned three-decker or a large modern ironclad.

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Sally

SAL'LY, noun [See the Verb.] In a general sense, a spring; a darting or shooting. Hence,

1. An issue or rushing of troops from a besieged place to attack the besiegers.

2. A spring or darting of intellect, fancy or imagination; flight; sprightly exertion. We say, sallies of wit, sallies of imagination.

3. Excursion from the usual track; range.

He who often makes sallies into a country, and traverses it up and down, will know it better than one that goes always round in the same track.

4. Act of levity or extravagance; wild gaiety; frolic; a bounding or darting beyond ordinary rules; as a sally of youth; a sally of levity.

SAL'LY, verb intransitive [Latin salio. Gr. to impel, to shoot. See Solar, from Latin sol. Gr.]

1. To issue or rush out, as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers.

They break the truce, and sally out by night.

2. To issue suddenly; to make a sudden eruption.

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