What is army?

  • (noun): A permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state.
    Synonyms: regular army, ground forces
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Army

An army (from Latin arma “arms, weapons” via Old French armée, “armed” (feminine)), in the broadest sense, is the land-based military branch, service branch or armed service of a nation or state. It may also include other branches of the military such as the air force via means of aviation corps. Within a national military force, the word army may also mean a field army 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.

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War Of The Spanish Succession - Middle Phase: 1704–1709 - England Becomes Great Britain
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More definitions of "army":

  • (noun): A large number of people united for some specific purpose.

Famous quotes containing the word army:

    What is called common sense is excellent in its department, and as invaluable as the virtue of conformity in the army and navy,—for there must be subordination,—but uncommon sense, that sense which is common only to the wisest, is as much more excellent as it is more rare.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I’m the boss, you’re an idiot. You’re the boss, I’m an idiot.
    —Russian army saying, trans. by Vladimir Ivanovich Shlyakov (1993)

    My topic for Army reunions ... this summer: How to prepare for war in time of peace. Not by fortifications, by navies, or by standing armies. But by policies which will add to the happiness and the comfort of all our people and which will tend to the distribution of intelligence [and] wealth equally among all. Our strength is a contented and intelligent community.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)