Standing army

Standing army
Army Ar"my, n. [F. arm['e]e, fr. L. armata, fem. of armatus, p. p. of armare to arm. Cf. {Armada}.] 1. A collection or body of men armed for war, esp. one organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions, under proper officers. [1913 Webster]

2. A body of persons organized for the advancement of a cause; as, the Blue Ribbon Army. [1913 Webster]

3. A great number; a vast multitude; a host. [1913 Webster]

An army of good words. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Standing army}, a permanent army of professional soldiers, as distinguished from militia or volunteers. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Standing army — Standing Stand ing, a. 1. Remaining erect; not cut down; as, standing corn. [1913 Webster] 2. Not flowing; stagnant; as, standing water. [1913 Webster] 3. Not transitory; not liable to fade or vanish; lasting; as, a standing color. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • standing army — noun count a professional army that a country has all the time, not just in a war …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • standing army — n. an army maintained on a permanent basis, in peacetime as well as in time of war …   English World dictionary

  • Standing army — A standing army is an army composed of full time career soldiers who stand over , in other words, who do not disband during times of peace. They differ from army reserves who are activated only during such times as war or natural disasters.… …   Wikipedia

  • standing army — noun a permanent army of paid soldiers • Topics: ↑military, ↑armed forces, ↑armed services, ↑military machine, ↑war machine • Hypernyms: ↑army, ↑regular army, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • standing army — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms standing army : singular standing army plural standing armies a professional army that a country has all the time, not just in a war …   English dictionary

  • standing army — regular army, permanent army …   English contemporary dictionary

  • standing army — /stændɪŋ ˈami/ (say standing ahmee) noun a permanently organised military force kept up by a nation …   Australian English dictionary

  • standing army — noun Date: 1603 a permanent army of paid soldiers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • standing army — noun (C) a professional, permanent army, rather than one that has been formed for a war …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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