Definition of sortie in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsôrˈtē/ /ˌsɔrˈti/ /ˈsôrdē/ /ˈsɔrdi/

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  • 1An attack made by troops coming out from a position of defense.

    • ‘Their sortie netted the two machineguns and eight prisoners.’
    foray, sally, charge, offensive, attack
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    1. 1.1An operational flight by a single military aircraft.
      ‘I served in the Home Guard in the Blitz, and then for four years in the RAF, in which I survived 60 operational sorties in bomber aircraft.’
      • ‘First, the Air Force could try to increase the number of sorties flown by operational units.’
      • ‘Its first operational sorties took the form of raids against Republican-held airfields in March 1937.’
      • ‘He said the aircraft flew sorties twice a day in the early stages of the exercise and had to be fully replenished both times.’
      • ‘That means more weapons can be carried on a single sortie.’
      • ‘All totaled, there were 1166 effective sorties flown on 220 missions during the life of this very unique outfit.’
      • ‘The number of sorties being flown increased as commanders began to see an aircraft on the ground as an opportunity lost.’
      • ‘I was on a short, night sortie to reset my landing currency before we pulled into Singapore.’
      • ‘We were prepared to fly a few sorties and bomb them for a couple of nights.’
      • ‘A few sorties were flown with the first two aircraft but the Invaders basically settled into the weeds.’
      • ‘At the end of the day, the Air Force had flown nine sorties.’
      • ‘Marine helicopters completed more than 400 combat sorties in Operation Anaconda.’
      • ‘They commence flying day sorties and then move on to night sorties.’
      • ‘The operational sorties in the north switched to training sorties in the south.’
      • ‘Most sorties involve hours of uneventful flying and ten minutes or less of furious combat.’
      • ‘The Ministry of Defence estimate that more than 3,000 air sorties have now taken place.’
      • ‘"We agreed that both crews would conduct basic surveillance sorties of the same area.’
      • ‘On another tour there, he was an aircraft commander for more than 900 tactical airlift sorties.’
      • ‘Both sets of planes have set off on their daily sorties with vastly differing missions before them.’
      • ‘Learn all you can in the simulator, especially those emergency procedures that hopefully do not happen on your daily sorties.’
      raid, flight, operational flight, mission, operation
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    2. 1.2A short trip or journey.
      ‘an early-morning sortie into the garden of our hotel’
      • ‘Autumn is the time of year when we draw in our horns and make shorter sorties across the Channel to the likes of Paris, Bruges and Amsterdam.’
      • ‘This season will probably nudge the Gunners top as they have five home games straight after five European nights, while Chelsea have five away trips after sorties to the continent.’
      • ‘If you like a short sortie you can choose one, on the other hand if you like a brisk climb you may elect for the Masshill climb.’
      • ‘The peaks and flatlines he has experienced during the club's European sorties have been akin to those that would register on a seismograph representing a 9.8 quake.’
      • ‘Among his pleasant memories of the club's first sortie into Division 1 was the opening win against Young Munster, and reaching the Senior Cup final.’
      • ‘Naas might have gone further ahead in the ninth minute when another sortie involving Andy Melville and Fitzgerald was stopped short.’
      • ‘From the kick-off, Sweden won possession and launched a sortie down the right.’
      • ‘Their only goal came off the boot of Martin Patrick and their sorties into attack were limited.’
      • ‘The final sortie the following day almost wraps up the week with a hike between Point Sublime and Moustiers.’
    3. 1.3An attempt to participate in a new activity or sphere.
      ‘this latest book is the author's first sortie into non-fiction’
      • ‘The only casualties were the rats Molly often kills in her sorties, now caught on video.’
      • ‘Both companies have taken on plenty of debt to finance the programming sorties.’
      • ‘By such reckoning, three million men will go on stag sorties and three million women will go on hen happenings.’
      • ‘His first sortie was to the Carlow Boys School where the welcome was tremendous.’
      • ‘He fails to mention that the club paid around £ 12m for his transfer sorties.’
      • ‘Family pride, once roused, demanded these sorties.’
      • ‘One or two such sorties are capable of supplying the entire expendable needs of the theater for a day.’
      • ‘Risk management is a part of every sortie.’
      • ‘I worked out the sortie rate achieved during my time on the project and it was three to four sorties per month.’
      • ‘If the one-way transportation time is 2 days or less, as assumed, sorties missed because of transportation delays are negligible.’
      • ‘Pirlo goes on a sortie into the Inter box and Materazzi makes a crucial clearance before he can poke the ball goalwards.’
      • ‘Polar bears found in UK museums and private collections constitute a legacy of over two hundred years of enterprise and colonial sorties on the arctic environment’
      • ‘Special instructions for sorties from and entry to a particular port are issued by the controlling authorities of that port.’

intransitive verbsorties, sortieing, sortied

[no object]
  • Come out from a defensive position to make an attack.

    ‘we'll soon know if they sortie’
    • ‘Oxford were struggling to find any rhythm, and threatened only when the ever-composed Nick Light sortied into opposing territory.’
    • ‘Commissioned as an engineer when the Navy sharply divided engineers from deck officers, Reeves served aboard the USS Oregon as it led the chase to destroy the Spanish squadron sortieing from Santiago de Cuba.’
    • ‘Ships sortieing from the west coast would be adding 2,000 nautical miles to their patrols into the Pacific just to get to Hawaii.’
    • ‘One cartier raiding force that had sortied against Rabaul was forced to retire after the Japanese had discovered it, and much fuel was used up during high-speed maneuvering while fending off Japanese air attacks.’
    • ‘Our craft was layered with extra coats of heat resistant polymer before we sortied.’
    • ‘Task Force 58, Tokyobound, sortied from Ulithi on 10 February 1945 and, taking an indirect route to the target, began to refuel a hundred miles east of Saipan.’
    • ‘Joining the air action, the giant 18-inch-gun battleship Yamato sortied from the home islands, but was destroyed by U.S. Navy aircraft.’
    • ‘Bad weather in the monsoon season meant there was no chance of transferring the casualty off the merchantman initially, so the Type 23 frigate's Lynx sortied with her medical team so aid could be delivered at the scene.’
    • ‘Every airman, sailor, marine, or soldier who sortied, sailed, or patrolled represented one life at risk.’
    • ‘From there, they sortie against us through the servants' corridors.’
    • ‘I sortie out to the riverbed and the sentries, who stand like dull rods in the wind.’
    • ‘The benefit, he said, was not ‘worth putting pilots at risk,’ so flight operations were changed so that coalition aircraft would sortie in less risky areas.’


Late 18th century from French, feminine past participle of sortir ‘go out’.