in·​cur·​sion | \ in-ˈkər-zhən How to pronounce incursion (audio) \

Definition of incursion

1 : a hostile entrance into a territory : raid
2 : an entering in or into (something, such as an activity or undertaking) his only incursion into the arts

Examples of incursion in a Sentence

an incursion into enemy airspace there were incursions from the border every summer
Recent Examples on the Web The inciting event for this whole series is something that happened 30 years ago, during the Soviet incursion into Afghanistan, when America was involved but covertly. New York Times, 16 June 2022 The statement makes no mention of the exact date or scope of these patrols but earlier this week Taipei reported an incursion of 30 Chinese combat aircraft into its air defense identification zone (ADIZ). Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Today, despite the incursion of numerous other carriers on the route, PSA maintains a market share of more than 50 percent on the corridor. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2022 Unconfirmed reports suggest the aircraft, which was parked at Hostomel Airport and undergoing maintenance, may have been damaged during the incursion. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2022 Woods’s predecessor and mentor, former CEO Rex Tillerson, avoided finding fault with Putin during a previous incursion in Ukraine that led to the seizure of the Crimean peninsula. Kevin Crowley,, 28 Feb. 2022 The primary worry among investors and market analysts is that Russia could block Ukraine's ports in the Black Sea to put pressure on the country during a military incursion. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 14 Feb. 2022 On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken warned that a Turkish incursion would further destabilize the region. Lara Jakes, New York Times, 3 June 2022 This culminated in a significantly faster response to a far-right incursion earlier this year. Nathan Grayson, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of incursion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for incursion

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin incursion-, incursio, from incurrere

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“Incursion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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