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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sally  \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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sally  \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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  witty  remark  [syn:  {wisecrack},  {crack},  {quip}] 
  2:  a  military  action  in  which  besieged  troops  burst  forth  from 
  their  position  [syn:  {sortie}] 
  3:  a  venture  off  the  beaten  path;  "a  sally  into  the  wide  world 
  beyond  his  home"  [syn:  {sallying  forth}] 

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