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Meaning of SALLY

Pronunciation:  'salee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a venture off the beaten path; "a sally into the wide world beyond his home"
  2. [n]  a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position
  3. [n]  witty remark

SALLY is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: crack, quip, sallying forth, sortie, wisecrack
 See Also: action, comment, military action, remark, venture



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sal"ly\ (s[a^]l"l[y^]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sallied}
    (-l[i^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sallying}.] [F. saillir, fr. L.
    salire to leap, spring, akin to Gr. "a`llesqai; cf. Skr.
    s[.r] to go, to flow. Cf. {Salient}, {Assail}, {Assault},
    {Exult}, {Insult}, {Saltation}, {Saltire}.]
    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.
  2. \Sal"ly\, n.; pl. {Sallies}. [F. saillie, fr. saillir. See
    Sally, v.]
    1. A leaping forth; a darting; a spring.
    2. 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.
    3. An excursion from the usual track; range; digression;
             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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    {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.