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See also: debouche
debouch (plural debouches)
- (geography) A narrow outlet from which a body of water pours.
- (military) A fortress at the end of a defile.
- 1887, George B. McClellan, McClellan's Own Story:
- To prevent another demonstration of this character, and to insure a debouch on the south bank of the James, it became necessary to occupy Coggin's Point, which was done on the 3d, and the enemy driven back towards Petersburg.
- (intransitive) To pour forth from a narrow opening; to emerge from a narrow place like a defile into open country or a wider space.
- 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
- The pretty pimpled young man, no longer a boy, came down from the imperial box in his purple to the performers’ well which debouched into the arena.
- 1993, Will Self, My Idea of Fun:
- Ungrateful brats debouch from their cheap holiday in someone else’s misery and their tired parents try desperately to summon up joy out of indifference.
- 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
- The water rushes away in uncommonly long waterfalls, downward for hours, unbrak’d, till at last debouching into an interior Lake of great size.