Regiment of the line
Regiment Reg"i*ment (-ment), n. [F. r['e]giment a regiment of men, OF. also government, L. regimentum government, fr. regere to guide, rule. See {Regimen}.] 1. Government; mode of ruling; rule; authority; regimen. [Obs.] --Spenser. ``Regiment of health.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

But what are kings, when regiment is gone, But perfect shadows in a sunshine day? --Marlowe. [1913 Webster]

The law of nature doth now require of necessity some kind of regiment. --Hocker. [1913 Webster]

2. A region or district governed. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mil.) A body of men, either horse, foot, or artillery, commanded by a colonel, and consisting of a number of companies, usually ten. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the British army all the artillery are included in one regiment, which (reversing the usual practice) is divided into brigades. [1913 Webster]

{Regiment of the line} (Mil.), a regiment organized for general service; -- in distinction from those (as the Life Guards) whose duties are usually special. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]


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