Webster 1913 Edition
armée, fr. L.
armata, fem. of
armatus, p. p. of
armareto arm. Cf.
A collection or body of men armed for war, esp. one organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions, under proper officers.
A body of persons organized for the advancement of a cause;
as, the Blue Ribbon.
A great number; a vast multitude; a host.
armyof good words.
a permanent army of professional soldiers, as distinguished from militia or volunteers.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A collection or body of men armed for war, and organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades and divisions, under proper officers. In general, an army in modern times consists of infantry and cavalry, with artillery; although the union of all is not essential to the constitution of an army. Among savages, armies are differently formed.
2.A great number; a vast multitude; as an army of locusts or caterpillars. Joel 2:25.
See also: army
- A sports team representing the US Military Academy at West Point.
- Army has several returning starters this year.
- Hexagram 7 of the I Ching (䷆)
See also: Army
army (plural armies)
- A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations.
- The army was sent in to quell the uprising.
- Used absolutely for that entire branch of the armed forces.
- The army received a bigger share of this year's budget increase than the navy or air force.
- (often capitalized) Within a vast military, a very large tactical contingent (e.g. a number of divisions).
- The Fourth Army suffered such losses that its remainders were merged into the Second Army, also deployed on the Western front.
- The governmental agency in charge of a state's army.
- The army opposed the legislature's involvement.
- (figuratively) A large group of people working toward the same purpose.
- It took an army of accountants to uncover the fraud.
- (figuratively) A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose.
- Our house is being attacked by an army of ants.
- (figuratively) Any multitude.
- On sunny days the beaches draw armies of tourists of all kinds.
military force concerned mainly with ground operations
government agency in charge of a state's army
large group of people working towards the same purpose
Most common English words before 1923: placed · desire · greater · #565: army · horse · send · peace