Sally port
Sally Sal"ly, n.; pl. {Sallies}. [F. saillie, fr. saillir. See Sally, v.] 1. A leaping forth; a darting; a spring. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Sallies were made by the Spaniards, but they were beaten in with loss. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. An excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. A flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind. [1913 Webster]

The unaffected mirth with which she enjoyed his sallies. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

5. Transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade. [1913 Webster]

The excursion was esteemed but a sally of youth. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sally port — noun Etymology: sally (I) 1. a. : a large gate or passage in a fortified place suitable for the use of troops making a sortie b. : a similar passage especially through the lower story of buildings (as barracks) forming a quadrangle 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • sally-port — noun see sally port 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • sally port — noun a) A small door in a fort or a castle to enable a sally; a postern. b) An entryway controlled by two doors or gates, of which each must be closed before the other can open …   Wiktionary

  • Sally port — Small fortified doorway from which defenders of a castle might make a sally , i.e. a brief sortie or attack with limited troops. [< OldFr. saillir = to leap] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • sally port — sal′ly port n. for a gate in a fortification from which a sortie may be launched • Etymology: 1640–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • sally port — noun Date: 1649 1. a gate or passage in a fortified place for use by troops making a sortie 2. a secure entryway (as at a prison) that consists of a series of doors or gates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sally port — (in a fort or the like) 1. a gateway permitting the passage of a large number of troops at a time. 2. a postern. [1640 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • sally port — noun a small exit point in a fortification for the passage of troops when making a sortie …   English new terms dictionary

  • Sally-Port — See: Postern …   Medieval glossary

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