in·​cur·​sion | \in-ˈkər-zhən \

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

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Examples of incursion in a Sentence

an incursion into enemy airspace there were incursions from the border every summer

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There were no reports of injuries or damage over the drone's incursion. Ian Deitch, Fox News, "Israel fires missile at drone that entered from Syria," 12 July 2018 For Macy’s, Bluemercury offers a channel that can stand up to these new incursions. Fortune, "55 New Bluemercury Stores Planned Across the U.S., Macy's Says," 5 July 2018 MATTHEW SCHNEIER Nihl The incursion of politics into runway fashion makes for some surprising moments. New York Times, "New York Men’s Fashion Week: The Mixtape," 11 July 2018 The alert system has decreased the average ranger response time to an incursion from 30 minutes to just seven minutes. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers," 6 June 2018 So too do the Patriot Movement-esque insurrectionists in Maxim Loskutoff’s new short story collection Come West and See, who rail against the federal government’s incursions. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "This Month in Books: ‘How Do We Stay the Right Distance Apart?’," 8 May 2018 This view, in many respects, underpinned both its annexation of Crimea and its incursion into eastern Ukraine, contributing toward a conflict that has claimed 10,000 lives. Anna Arutunyan, Time, "No Matter What Happens in Helsinki, Putin Has Already Won," 10 July 2018 While American involvement in the Vietnam War officially ended during the Nixon Administration, the 37th president did approve secret bombing campaigns in North Vietnam and Cambodia, and ground incursions in Laos and Cambodia during the war. Richard Chang,, "‘Viet Stories’ exhibit highlights the struggles and achievements of Vietnamese in the U.S.," 19 Apr. 2018 Videos allow Native Americans to address these questions in personal ways, and take stock of the dreadful loss of life, land and culture that came with European incursion into the continent. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018

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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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The first known use of incursion was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of incursion

: a sudden invasion or attack : an act of entering a place or area that is controlled by an enemy

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obstinately defiant of authority

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