Heavy cavalry
Cavalry Cav"al*ry, n. [F. cavalerie, fr. It. cavalleria. See {Cavalier}, and cf. {chivalry}.] (Mil.) That part of military force which serves on horseback. [1913 Webster]

Note: {Heavy cavalry} and {light cavalry} are so distinguished by the character of their armament, and by the size of the men and horses. [1913 Webster]


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  • Heavy cavalry — is the late 19th century misnomer for Cavalry [p.490, Lynn] , troops that from the late 17th to late 19th centuries usually wore armour and were mounted on largest available cavalry horses [p.60, Roemer] , as opposed to light cavalry, in which… …   Wikipedia

  • Heavy cavalry — Heavy Heav y, a. [Compar. {Heavier}; superl. {Heaviest}.] [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. h[ o]figr, h[ o]fugr. See {Heave}.] 1. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heavy cavalry — /ˈhɛvi kævəlri/ (say hevee kavuhlree) noun Military 1. heavily armed troops on horseback. 2. heavily armoured vehicles, as tanks. See light cavalry …   Australian English dictionary

  • 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword — The pattern 1796 heavy cavalry sword was the sword used by the British heavy cavalry (Lifeguards, Royal Horse Guards, Dragoon Guards and Dragoons), and King s German Legion Dragoons, through most of the period of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic… …   Wikipedia

  • Heavy infantry — refers to heavily armed and armoured ground troops, as opposed to medium or light infantry, in which the warriors are relatively lightly armoured. As modern infantry troops usually define their subgroups differently (such as by weapon or type of… …   Wikipedia

  • Heavy — Heav y, a. [Compar. {Heavier}; superl. {Heaviest}.] [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. h[ o]figr, h[ o]fugr. See {Heave}.] 1. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a heavy… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heavy artillery — Heavy Heav y, a. [Compar. {Heavier}; superl. {Heaviest}.] [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. h[ o]figr, h[ o]fugr. See {Heave}.] 1. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heavy fire — Heavy Heav y, a. [Compar. {Heavier}; superl. {Heaviest}.] [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. h[ o]figr, h[ o]fugr. See {Heave}.] 1. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heavy metal — Heavy Heav y, a. [Compar. {Heavier}; superl. {Heaviest}.] [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. h[ o]figr, h[ o]fugr. See {Heave}.] 1. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Heavy metals — Heavy Heav y, a. [Compar. {Heavier}; superl. {Heaviest}.] [OE. hevi, AS. hefig, fr. hebban to lift, heave; akin to OHG. hebig, hevig, Icel. h[ o]figr, h[ o]fugr. See {Heave}.] 1. Heaved or lifted with labor; not light; weighty; ponderous; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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