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sort·ie / ˌsôrˈtē; ˈsôrtē/ • n. an attack made by troops coming out from a position of defense. ∎  an operational flight by a single military aircraft. ∎  a short trip or journey: I went on a shopping sortie. • v. (-ies , -ied, -ie·ing) [intr.] come out from a defensive position to make an attack.

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sortie †knot of ribbon XVII; sally by a besieged garrison XVIII. — F. sortie a going out

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