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Definition of TROOP

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Troop \Troop\, n. [F. troupe, OF. trope, trupe, LL. troppus; of uncertain origin; cf. Icel. [thorn]orp a hamlet, village, G. dorf a village, dial. G. dorf a meeting. Norw. torp a little farm, a crowd, E. thorp. Cf. {Troupe}.]
     1. A collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude. [1913 Webster]

              That which should accompany old age
              As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends I must not look to have.              --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Soldiers, collectively; an army; -- now generally used in the plural. [1913 Webster]

              Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              His troops moved to victory with the precision of machines.                             --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Mil.) Specifically, a small body of cavalry, light horse, or dragoons, consisting usually of about sixty men, commanded by a captain; the unit of formation of cavalry, corresponding to the company in infantry. Formerly, also, a company of horse artillery; a battery. [1913 Webster]

     4. A company of stageplayers; a troupe. --W. Coxe. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Mil.) A particular roll of the drum; a quick march. [1913 Webster]

     6. See {Boy scout}, above.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Troop \Troop\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Trooped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trooping}.]
     1. To move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops.
        "Armies . . . troop to their standard." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. To march on; to go forward in haste.
        [1913 Webster]

              Nor do I, as an enemy to peace,
              Troop in the throngs of military men. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Troop \Troop\, v. t.

     {To troop the colors} or {To troop the colours} (Mil.), in the British army, to perform a ceremony consisting essentially in carrying the colors, accompanied by the band and escort, slowly before the troops drawn up in single file and usually in a hollow square, as in London on the sovereign's birthday. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

109 Moby Thesaurus words for "troop":
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