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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an invasion of privacy
▪ Random drug testing of employees is an invasion of privacy.
invasion of...personal space
▪ She objected to this invasion of her personal space.
▪ This great two-disc version of the alien invasion blockbuster is packed with extras.
▪ It's the most convincing evidence we have of an alien invasion of this planet, and a matter of public record.
▪ Six alien companies of the Pioneer Corps accompanied the allied invasion.
▪ Preparations for the Normandy landings took place here because the terrain is similar to that which faced the Allied invasion forces.
▪ The importance of these functions was enhanced by the barbarian invasions of the fifth century.
▪ The Pantheon has survived many vicissitudes; first the barbarian invasions and later the despoliation by the Catholic Church.
▪ This discrepancy makes any assessment of the extent of dislocation caused by the barbarian invasions extremely difficult.
▪ The willingness to bend the rules to authorize a major invasion of civil liberties contrasts sharply with the Spycatcher case.
▪ In 517 a major invasion occurred when Slav horsemen advanced as far as Thermopylae and Epirus.
▪ Thousands of feet had tramped this route in times past before railways and military invasion.
▪ The reserve takes in part of the Minsmere levels which were flooded during the Second World War to counter possible invasion.
▪ Omar Mumtaz, 75, was a transport mogul before the 1979 Soviet invasion.
▪ These two seemed like an invasion force.
▪ The government fell nine days after an invasion force of five thousand troops was said to be advancing on the capital.
▪ The genes show that the invasion force involved just a few intrepid voyagers.
▪ S.-led invasion force restored President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power.
▪ Preparations for the Normandy landings took place here because the terrain is similar to that which faced the Allied invasion forces.
▪ Apart from one brief pitch invasion when Sunderland scored, the supporters of both clubs behaved impeccably.
▪ The fans were delighted which resulted in a pitch invasion from the new stand behind the Southampton goal.
▪ Hereford 0. Pitch invasion foiled ... police uncover soccer hooligans' plan.
▪ This was rightly interpreted as meaning the abandonment of invasion plans - at least for that year.
▪ The Congress, held in a factory, condemned the invasion.
▪ There was a resolution he tried to get passed every year, condemning the invasion and calling for a withdrawal.
▪ The Soviet Union swiftly condemned the invasion, saying it was a blow to growing warmth in US-Soviet relations.
▪ In Cairo 14 Arab League countries condemn the invasion and call for an immediate withdrawal.
▪ The rebels launched their invasion into the Mutara region in the north, quickly occupying the towns of Nyakatale and Gabiro.
▪ First he launches an invasion without adequate air support, then he makes the movement pay for it.
▪ He is the ninth white farmer killed since Mr Mugabe launched the land invasions nearly two years ago.
▪ If one understands by this an explicit order to launch an invasion, the answer would appear to be no.
▪ He refused all attempts to force him to order an invasion of Naggaroth.
▪ But Petain had ordered resistance to any invasion, from whatever direction.
▪ In mid-April 1961, Kennedy ordered the invasion to begin.
▪ In Altdorf the Emperor Sigismund prepared for the Orc invasion by fortifying the city's walls and gathering in the harvests.
▪ A rumor spread that whites were going to burn and attack the black quarter, so the blacks prepared for an invasion.
▪ Frome prepares for the expected invasion, 1798.
▪ Then two mighty heroes, the twin brothers Tyrion and Teclis, arose to succour the realm and repel the invasion.
▪ He found a few others: a sphagnum moss peat bog can repel the invasion of pine trees for thousands of years.
▪ an invasion of cheap imports
▪ Some analysts fear that increasing desperation could lead to a military invasion of the country's southern neighbors.
▪ the invasion of Normandy
▪ The fear of an invasion by rebels is always present.
▪ the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Invasion \In*va"sion\, n. [L. invasio: cf. F. invasion. See Invade.]

  1. The act of invading; the act of encroaching upon the rights or possessions of another; encroachment; trespass.

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

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from Old French invasion "invasion, attack, assaut" (12c.), from Late Latin invasionem (nominative invasio) "an attack, invasion," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin invadere "go into, fall upon, attack, invade," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + vadere "go, walk" (see vamoose).


n. 1 A military action consisting of armed forces of one geopolitical entity entering territory controlled by another such entity, generally with the objective of conquering territory or altering the established government. 2 The entry without consent of an individual or group into an area where they are not wanted. 3 (cx medicine English) The spread of cancer cells, bacteries and such to the organism. 4 (cx surgery English) The breaching of the skin barrier.

  1. n. the act of invading; the act of an army that invades for conquest or plunder

  2. any entry into an area not previously occupied; "an invasion of tourists"; "an invasion of locusts" [syn: encroachment, intrusion]

  3. (pathology) the spread of pathogenic microorganisms or malignant cells to new sites in the body; "the tumor's invasion of surrounding structures"


An invasion is a military offensive in which large parts of combatants of one geopolitical entity aggressively enter territory controlled by another such entity, generally with the objective of either conquering, liberating or re-establishing control or authority over a territory, forcing the partition of a country, altering the established government or gaining concessions from said government, or a combination thereof. An invasion can be the cause of a war, be a part of a larger strategy to end a war, or it can constitute an entire war in itself. Due to the large scale of the operations associated with invasions, they are usually strategic in planning and execution.

Invasion (Magic: The Gathering)

Invasion is a Magic: The Gathering block that consists of the expert-level expansion sets Invasion (September 2000), Planeshift (February 2001) and Apocalypse (June 2001). The Invasion block centered on multicolored cards.

Invasion (TV series)

Invasion is an American science fiction television series that aired on ABC for one season beginning in September 21, 2005. Somewhat similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the show told the story of the aftermath of a hurricane in which water-based creatures infiltrate a small Florida town and begin to take over the bodies of the town's inhabitants through a cloning process (first by merging with and then unknowingly replacing them). The show was produced by Shaun Cassidy Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the aftermath in the southern United States, early on-air promotions were quickly pulled by ABC. The advertising then switched emphasis completely to the alien invasion aspect of the series, while the hurricane received no mention. The premiere was also preceded with a warning that the show featured images of a fictional hurricane that viewers could be sensitive to.

Invasion (Manilla Road album)

Invasion is the first album released by the band Manilla Road. It was first released in 1980 and was reissued in 2004 in a two-disc package with Metal on the second disc.

Invasion (disambiguation)

An invasion is a military action of soldiers entering a foreign land.

Invasion or invader may also refer to any act of "going into"

  • In archaeology, of prehistoric cultures, see Migrations and invasions in archaeology
  • In surgery, the breaching of the skin barrier; see Invasiveness of surgical procedures
    • Tumor invasion is the spread of cancer to surrounding tissues
  • Home invasion, a crime similar to burglary
  • Invasive species, an introduced species that has spread widely
    • Introduced species, a widespread introduced species
  • Infestation of pests (insects, spiders, etc.), in an undesired location
  • Alien invasion, an imaginary or theoretical invasion by extraterrestrials
Invasion (1997 novel)

Invasion is a 1997 thriller novel by American author Robin Cook.

Invasion (miniseries)

Invasion is a 1997 miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Robin Cook. It starred Luke Perry, Kim Cattrall and Rebecca Gayheart.

Invasion (Koontz novel)

Invasion is a 1975 novel by author Dean Koontz. In 1994 Koontz re-released the book under a new name- Winter Moon. He also updated and revised it. Winter Moon is the current title under which the book can be purchased. Although Winter Moon acknowledges the fact that Koontz is the author of the book, Invasion was released under the pseudonym Aaron Wolfe. Invasion shall hereafter be referred to as Winter Moon. Winter Moon is a suspense novel with a moderate amount of horror mixed in.

Invasion (comics)

Invasion, in the world of comics, may refer to:

  • Invasion! (DC Comics), a major storyline in the DC Universe
  • Invasion! (2000 AD), a long series (with spin-offs and prequels) in 2000 AD
  • British Invasion (comics), the late 1980s "invasion" of America by British comics talent

Invasión is an Argentine film released in 1969 and directed by Hugo Santiago. It is an example of an inter phase between the classic cinema and nouvelle vague of French style.

Invasion (TV documentary)

Invasion is a BBC documentary series in which Dan Cruickshank examines attempts and plans to invade Britain and Ireland over the years by exploring coastal fortresses and defensive structures around the coast of the country to discover their military heritage. It was first broadcast on BBC Two in October 2001.

First aired on 28 October 2001, this three part series seeks to dispel this popular myth and provide an argument that Britain is a nation whose history is instead defined by the fear of invasion.

In episode one, Fortress Britain, Cruickshank visits the sites of some little-known invasion attempts. In episode two, The Bogeyman Is Coming, Cruickshank looks at Britain's response to the threat of French invasion by Napoleon's army in 1804. In the final episode, Battle for Britain, Cruickshank examines how Britain reinvented itself as a fortified encampment under the threat of German invasion during World War II.

Invasion (song)

"Invasion" is the first single from the band Eisley's 2007 album, Combinations.

Invasion (1966 film)

Invasion is a 1966 low-budget British sci-fi film, directed by Alan Bridges for producer Jack Greenwood of Merton Park Studios.

The film was written by Roger Marshall from a storyline by Robert Holmes. Holmes later re-used elements of his storyline in a 1970 Doctor Who serial entitled Spearhead from Space, starring Jon Pertwee.

Invasion (Dragon Fli Empire album)

Invasion is the second album by Canadian hip hop duo Dragon Fli Empire, released in 2005 on Makebelieve Records. It was viewed as a progression in the duo's sound and features guest artists from Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Tacoma and Portland. Several tracks were included in different CD compilations. The track "Roc the Crowd" (featuring and produced by Ohmega Watts) was released as a 12" vinyl single on Bigfoot Records in 2007.

Invasion (Nastyboy)

Invasion (Nastyboy) is the first studio album by NB Ridaz. It was released on September 11, 2001.

Invasion (Upstairs)

Invasion (Upstairs) is the second studio album by NB Ridaz. It was released on December 4, 2001. The lead single entitled "Runaway" was re-added to radio stations in January 2002 following the December 2001 rerelease of "Invasion".

Invasion (Grey's Anatomy)

"Invasion" is the fifth episode of the sixth season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy, and the show's 107th episode overall. It was written by Mark Wilding and directed by Tony Phelan. The episode was originally broadcast on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the United States on October 15, 2009. In the episode, the physicians of Seattle Grace Hospital must learn to co-operate with new Mercy West residents, who do not act in a kind manner to them. Other storylines include Dr. Callie Torres ( Sara Ramirez)'s father returning to the hospital to condemn her homosexuality, and Dr. Izzie Stevens ( Katherine Heigl) putting her career into jeopardy after administering the wrong treatment to a patient.

The episode was Heigl's last appearance before her five-episode hiatus to film a movie. It is set in a fictional hospital in Seattle, Washington. Héctor Elizondo returned as a guest star, while Jesse Williams, Sarah Drew, Robert Baker, and Nora Zehetner made their first appearances. "Invasion" received generally positive reviews, with critics praising Drew's, Jessica Capshaw's, Ellen Pompeo's, and Sandra Oh's performances. Upon its initial airing, the episode was viewed by 13.79 million Americans, garnered a 5.0/13 Nielsen rating/share in the 18–49 demographic and ranked third for the night in terms of viewership.

Invasion (Harry novel)

Invasion is a 2000 novel by American author Eric L. Harry, detailing a fictional invasion of the United States by the People's Republic of China.

Invasion (2014 film)

Invasion is a 2014 Panamanian documentary film written and directed by Abner Benaim about the 1989 US invasion. It was selected as the Panamanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated. It was the first time that Panama submitted a film for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.

Invasion (Savant album)

Invasion is the thirteenth LP by the Norwegian electronic dance music producer Aleksander Vinter who goes by the stage name "Savant". The LP was released song by song on SoundCloud, with the exception of "Broken". It was remastered and re-released in January 2015 as a pay what you want LP on Bandcamp, and the remastered versions have since been released on all popular online music stores.

Invasion (Rabbit Junk EP)

Invasion is the second EP by Rabbit Junk, released on 30 January 2015 by Glitch Mode Recordings. The EP contains a guest performance by rapper MizSTRESS on "Thug Baby" and a remix of "Broken Highways" by Cyanotic, while furthering Rabbit Junk's sound by incorporating elements of death metal, drum and bass, gabber and new wave.

Usage examples of "invasion".

According to it, the Franks, uniting with the barons of Antioch and its fiefs, abetted by certain Knights Templars and whatever forces could be recruited in Tripoli and Jerusalem, would go against Islam in the east and north, rescue Edessa, and repair the bulwarks of Antioch against the danger of invasion.

From their bases first at Turin, and then at Coblenz, they were accused of planning invasions of France on the heels of absolutist armies that would put good patriots and their women and children to the sword and raze their cities.

Iraqi attacks on American forces in the region would be acts of unprovoked aggression and would galvanize international support for the invasion.

President Hosni Mubarak detests Saddam for his brutality and aggressiveness, and for having personally lied to Mubarak before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

On the report of this bold invasion, which threatened his hereditary dominions, Alp Arslan flew to the scene of action at the head of forty thousand horse.

Ambergris, resisting the unprovoked invasion of Ambergris, and assisting in the evacuation of Ambergris, were acts of valor and military prowess unprecedented in the long histories of our peoples.

Petersburg as to the meaning of that invasion, and it received the answer that Russia felt compelled to come to the rescue of the Ameer at his request, for the Afghan ruler was anxious for his independence, in view of the measures which were taken by England.

Israeli invasion of Lebanon but had no impact on the ayatollah, who continued to proclaim that the road to Jerusalem ran through Baghdad.

The motto had been used so often in the struggle to decide the question of invasion that Bade seldom noticed it any more.

The invasion of the Infernal plane had come as the rudest shock of all, and now this bothersome banditry, forcing his hand to acts of repression before he was ready to introduce them.

The assistant to the surgeon-superintendent, whether at the behest of his master or by his own decision, came to conclude that the becalming of the vessel and the invasion of the pestilence from the cracks and the bilges, which had in itself a biblical connotation as if one of the plagues upon Egypt, had come about because of the blasphemy of the whores on board.

Jarac had long supported the division of power that put the First Councilor over him, but Kurj thought it must bedevil him now, knowing that if he had full command, he could refuse to lead the invasion.

In 1994, faced with hyperinflation and mounting threats to his regime, Saddam took the inexplicable step of threatening another invasion of Kuwait--and the best evidence we have, from Hussein Kamel, was that Saddam was not bluffing but genuinely intended to attack.

The Luftwaffe carried out its part in the German invasion of Poland with fierce efficiency and many Polish communities were bombed in the name of tactical bombing, the yardstick being that, if a town stood in the way of the Wehrmacht, it was bombed.

In fact, events and recent history had relegated the short-lived invasion of the Two Arm to the back bubbler, so to speak.