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divert
used in 1776

3 uses
  • It was really diverting to see sailors and apples tumbling from the trees together.
    p. 157.9
  • To divert the enemy and drown out the noise of the work parties, Washington planned to precede the operation with night barrages of artillery fire from Roxbury, Cobble Hill, and Lechmere Point, where a number of the guns from Ticonderoga had been newly emplaced.
    p. 89.1
  • "The whole procession moved on in solemn silence, and with perfect order and regularity, while the continued roar of cannon serves to engage the attention and divert the enemy," wrote Dr. Thacher, who, crossing the causeway with the troops, noted with gratitude the "vast number of large bundles of screwed hay arranged in a line next [to] the enemy .... to which we should have been greatly exposed while passing."
    p. 92.5

There are no more uses of "divert" in 1776.

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