debouche

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See also: débouché and débouche

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French déboucher (to unblock, uncork; to finish; to culminate), from dé- (un-) +‎ boucher (to block, stop)

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Verb[edit]

debouche (third-person singular simple present debouches, present participle debouching, simple past and past participle debouched)

  1. (military, of a body of soldiers) To enter into battle.
    • 1839, Mathieu Dumas, Memoirs of His Own Time[1],], volume 2, page 192:
      he debouched by the great high road through the forest, in the rear of the Austrian and Bavarian armies, while General Moreau attacked in front.
  2. (hydrology, of a river or stream) To discharge into a larger body of water such as a lake or sea.
    • 1829, Robert Chambers, History of the Rebellions in Scotland[2],], page 57:
      He chose a place called Colmnakill, about six miles farther down the Spey, where a tributary stream, debouching into that river, gave him protection on one side