Militia
Militia Mi*li"tia, n. [L., military service, soldiery, fr. miles, militis, soldier: cf. F. milice.] [1913 Webster] 1. In the widest sense, the whole military force of a nation, including both those engaged in military service as a business, and those competent and available for such service; specifically, the body of citizens enrolled for military instruction and discipline, but not subject to be called into actual service except in emergencies. [1913 Webster]

The king's captains and soldiers fight his battles, and yet . . . the power of the militia is he. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Military service; warfare. [Obs.] --Baxter. [1913 Webster]


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