When a group of soldiers is sent on a specific mission, it's called a sortie. A fighter pilot's sortie might involve a mission to drop a bomb on a target and return to base.

When a fighting unit is deployed, heading out on a military mission, you can describe it as a sortie. A sortie might involve troops moving across a field toward their enemy, or a tank advancing on a city held by rebels. Sometimes a sortie involves a sudden surge or attack. In French, the word sortie literally means "a going out," from a Latin root, surgere, or "rise up."

Definitions of sortie
  1. noun
    a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
    synonyms: sally
    see moresee less
    type of:
    action, military action
    a military engagement
  2. noun
    (military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)
    see moresee less
    type of:
    flight, flying
    an instance of traveling by air
Word Family