incursion

noun
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

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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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And in 1990, Iraq invaded fellow OPEC member Kuwait -- an incursion that would start the first Gulf War. Matt Egan, CNN, "Iran oil minister: 'OPEC might die'," 1 July 2019 The charge, levied on Twitter , was in response to an article about American cyber incursions into the Russian electrical grid that his own aides had assured our reporters raised no national-security concerns... James Freeman, WSJ, "Donald Trump and the New York Times," 20 June 2019 The United States Cyber Command has made a number of incursions into Russia’s electrical infrastructure in recent months, according to a new report in The New York Times. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "US Cyber Command has reportedly been aggressively targeting Russia’s electrical grid," 15 June 2019 All three joined the European Union and NATO in 2004 and are strong backers of the military alliance, which sees them as a bulwark against Russian incursions in Eastern Europe. Nicole Winfield And Maria Grazia Murru, Fox News, "Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage as Russia threat looms large," 22 Sep. 2018 Taiwanese media called the incursion the first since 2011, and the one eight years ago was considered an accident. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Tension Over the Taiwan Strait," 1 Apr. 2019 Bogucki, who was not part of the study, added that the military organization and scale of the conflict between Germanic armies wasn't necessarily motivated or influenced by Roman incursions into barbarian areas south of Scandinavia. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Ancient human bones are proof of 'barbarian' war rituals 2,000 years ago in Europe," 21 May 2018 Indigenous groups say government policies have led to land grabs by ranchers, farmers and loggers in incursions that often end in violence. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Group: Land activist murders keep rising, 2017 deadliest yet," 23 July 2018 Meanwhile, fighter jets are flying conspicuous patrols over both countries, aggressively defending their airspace from further incursions, with images and video being shared on social media. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Aircraft Shot Down As Crisis Between India and Pakistan Escalates," 27 Feb. 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of incursion

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

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