Invasion In*va"sion, n. [L. invasio: cf. F. invasion. See {Invade}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of invading; the act of encroaching upon the rights or possessions of another; encroachment; trespass. [1913 Webster]

2. A warlike or hostile entrance into the possessions or domains of another; the incursion of an army for conquest or plunder. [1913 Webster]

3. The incoming or first attack of anything hurtful or pernicious; as, the invasion of a disease.

Syn: {Invasion}, {Irruption}, {Inroad}.

Usage: Invasion is the generic term, denoting a forcible entrance into a foreign country. Incursion signifies a hasty and sudden invasion. Irruption denotes particularly violent invasion. Inroad is entry by some unusual way involving trespass and injury. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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