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ˈsæl iSal·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wisecrack, crack, sally, quipnoun

    witty remark

  2. sortie, sallynoun

    a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position

  3. sally, sallying forthnoun

    a venture off the beaten path

    "a sally into the wide world beyond his home"


  1. Sallynoun

    A diminutive of the female given name Sarah, also used as a formal given name.

    She submitted―for what alternative did she have?―to being Sally in this family, but she always signed herself, Sarah.

  2. Sallynoun

    A nickname for the Salvation Army

  3. Etymology: A diminutive lambdacism of Sarah. Compare Hal from Harry and Moll from Mary).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sallyverb

    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

  2. Sally

    a leaping forth; a darting; a spring

  3. Sally

    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

  4. Sally

    an excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation

  5. Sally

    a flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind

  6. Sally

    transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade

  7. Etymology: [F. saillir, fr. L. salire to leap, spring, akin to Gr. "a`llesqai; cf. Skr. s to go, to flow. Cf. Salient, Assail, Assault, Exult, Insult, Saltation, Saltire.]


  1. Sally

    Sally is a fictional character from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sally

    sal′i, n. a leaping or bursting out: a sudden rushing forth of troops to attack besiegers: excursion: outburst of fancy, wit, &c.: levity: a projection.—v.i. to rush out suddenly: to mount:—pa.t. and pa.p. sall′ied.n. Sall′y-port, a passage by which a garrison may make a sally: a large port for the escape of a crew when a fire-ship is set on fire. [Fr. sailliesaillir (It. salire)—L. salire, to leap.]

  2. Sally

    sal′i, n. a kind of stone-fly: a wren.—n. Sall′ypick′er, one of several different warblers.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sally

    A sudden expedition out of a besieged place against the besiegers or some part of their works; also called a sortie.--To sally. To move a body by jerks or rushes; a sudden heave or set. Thus, when a vessel grounds by the bow or stern, and the hawsers are severely taut, the sally is practised. This is done by collecting all hands at the point aground, and then by a simultaneous rush reaching the part afloat.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sally

    A sudden offensive movement by the garrison of a fortified place, directed against the troops or works of the besiegers.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sally' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2409

Anagrams for Sally »

  1. lylas

  2. y'all's

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sally in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Sally in a Sentence

  1. Meghan Markle:

    Grant Harrold insisted. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose for photos and show off Meghan Markle engagement ring. ( AP) Sally Bedell Smith, author of Prince Charles : The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, although Meghan has had a successful career in acting, I believe she will quit the profession.

  2. Rose Marie:

    I did n’t read for the part [ of Sally Rogers ], i did n’t have to audition. I did n’t have to do anything. It was my part from the very beginning … But I had no idea what ‘ Dick Van Dyke ’ was.

  3. Jeff Robbins:

    If Sally Goza think of kids that are in the fourth grade, they're going to be basically out of the school system by the time Sally Goza've got another shot at this, this affects generations.

  4. State Police:

    While in the sally port of the courthouse, Goss was unhandcuffed by the correctional officer, as Goss was not to appear before the jury in restraints, while in the wheelchair, Goss grabbed the correctional officer’s sidearm and after a struggle, disarmed the correctional officer.

  5. Jim Hood:

    The magistrate started pulling the bull by the horns, that lady worked hours and hours and hours, and if anybody deserves the credit in this thing, it's Judge Sally Shushan.

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    repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
    • A. impounding
    • B. maculation
    • C. substrate
    • D. epiphora

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