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a military rebellion/an army rebellion
▪ Marlborough considered leading a military rebellion against the new king.
a military/army coup
▪ He seized power in a military coup in 1977.
a military/army/troop convoy
▪ 28 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military convoy.
a standing army (=a professional permanent army)
an army/naval/military etc officer
army unit
▪ a Russian army unit
▪ In April 1185, he began to muster an army.
police/army/fire etc chief
▪ Los Angeles Police Chief Willie L. Williams
Salvation Army
school/army/police etc uniform
▪ He was still wearing his school uniform.
serve in the army/air force/navy etc
▪ He returned to Greece to serve in the army.
Territorial Army, the
the people’s party/army etc (=belonging to or popular with the ordinary people)
▪ the People’s Liberation Army
▪ Diana – the people’s princess
▪ Aeneas came back with a large army of Etruscans in time to save the camp, and furious war raged.
▪ Thus the fact that the tsar possessed a large army did not mean that he could risk significant external commitments.
▪ Down by way of Lisburn, the town with the large army base and Northern Ireland army headquarters.
▪ She could do without large conscript armies to defend land frontiers and needed long-service troops who could be employed overseas for long periods.
▪ But although he had mustered a large army the siege went badly for him.
▪ In the 1920s, employers with private armies would open fire on striking miners.
▪ On 13 April 1932 he successfully carried through a measure to ban the Nazis' private armies.
▪ But we do have about 15, 000 to 20, 000 people heavily armed in private armies around this country.
▪ In the east of the country they live on fortified ranches protected by private sub-machine-gun toting armies.
▪ There had been gunfire, real bullets, employers with private armies of goons.
▪ The appeal of the private army and the provocation it offered to others were eliminated as easily as that.
▪ The regular army has not advanced from the edge of the zone.
▪ The other women in the classroom, except for two in the uniforms of the regular army, wear dresses.
▪ The ragged guerrillas become a new regular army with housing and pensions.
▪ The regular army had become increasingly discontented with its role in the war over the last ten years.
▪ It is possible that some of Mezrag's forces continue to provide the regular army with back-up troops.
▪ Just seven days later, Benjamin O.. Davis was named the first black general in the regular army.
▪ During the eighteenth century the irregular Cossack hosts were gradually brought under control and absorbed into the regular army.
▪ In the first place, the creation of a regular standing army marked a qualitative change in the authority of the monarchy.
▪ She did not want a small army camping indefinitely among her flowerbeds and rose bushes.
▪ The Confederates, with the smaller army, had the longer line to fill.
▪ The war was over and it was a small peacetime army again.
▪ A small army of men toting machine guns stood at the gate, which slowly swung open in front of us.
▪ There we saw countless small armies, with their commanders and paid chieftains, all of whom were also arms dealers.
▪ He proposed a smaller army to be composed of better-trained and better-equipped soldiers.
▪ Jack said you could hide a small army in the various wardrobes around the house.
▪ On the one hand, temple police functioned as a small mercenary army to protect the temple precincts.
▪ Gerry de Silva was formally appointed army Chief of Staff on Oct. 23.
▪ Moshe Yaalon, the army chief of intelligence, told a news conference.
▪ In 1988 Zia was the army chief.
▪ Upon taking office, Chavalit, a former army chief, wooed the military to try to shore up his political power.
▪ Wahid considered appointing Wirahadikusumah as the new army chief.
▪ He recently got a boost when Mr Mubarak replaced a rival, Salah Halabi, as army chief of staff.
▪ Mr Kostunica's main power is in appointing the foreign and defence ministers and the army chief of staff.
▪ The army commander in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Col.-Gen.
▪ Those army commanders who had still been hoping for a coup realized that all such hope was now lost.
▪ But swift action by army commanders brought an end to Mr Sharif's Government.
▪ He was succeeded as army commander by Brig.
▪ Liu Huaqing, a former deputy army commander.
▪ General Ricardo Izurieta, the moderate army commander, is now being criticised for political naivety by diehard Pinochetistas.
▪ A short-lived ceasefire broke down in January after army commanders demanded another chance to smash the Tigers.
▪ A feminist might interpret a text very differently from an army officer, for example; or a teenager from his parent.
▪ And the army officers were dancing.
▪ It all culminated in a rebellion during 1881-82, led by a nationalistic army officer, Colonel Ahmed Arabi.
▪ In late 1995, the government filled the top command of the Federal Judicial Police with army officers.
▪ At the end of September 1991, arrest warrants against army officers were issued in connection with the killings.
▪ As of 1991 West Point graduates constituted twice the percentage of generals as they did of other army officers.
▪ Otley found that a rising proportion of senior army officers had elite educational backgrounds.
▪ The army officer turned to look.
▪ He prised the sealed top open and found army uniforms, with no insignia marks on them.
▪ Two boys one in an army uniform snarled at a conductor on the platform.
▪ A thin man in army uniform came in, walking with a limp.
▪ Amin, Wasswa said, was in army uniform.
▪ The Kamajor militia and other loyal forces have been put in army uniform and brought under its command.
▪ Rebecca West refers to a photograph of him taken at this time in army uniform as a private of the Worcestershire Regiment.
▪ Fairfax, who was wearing his army uniform, soon lost patience.
▪ Fighting broke out between army units.
▪ Along the eastern seaboard, army units were moved from northern states into the South to prevent suspected insurrection.
▪ Tanks and small army units moved into position in front of key government and communications buildings in Algiers and other towns.
▪ In a confused situation, the demonstrators also apparently set upon army units dispatched to the radio station to arrest the mutineers.
▪ If your army includes up to five Trolls these form a single unit.
▪ Whichever race you choose, your army must always include at least one Mob of the same race.
▪ However, it is a very popular weapon amongst the Tileans, and the state armies of the Empire include many Tileans.
▪ Initially a conscientious objector, he joined the army in 1941 and wound up a captain in the Middle East.
▪ So she joins the army to be near him.
▪ They travel throughout the Empire, joining armies as they march to battle.
▪ It was a good way to see a lot of the world, without joining the army.
▪ Watson joined the army at 17 at the Army Apprentices College, Harrogate.
▪ They have joined the great army of moderns who view the land above the sacred / secular divide with scepticism.
▪ It's time to get out there and lead the Imperial army to victory, in the name of Sigmar and Karl-Franz!
▪ Theseus led his army against Thebes, conquered her and forced her to allow them to be buried.
▪ It all culminated in a rebellion during 1881-82, led by a nationalistic army officer, Colonel Ahmed Arabi.
▪ He led the Confederate army during the Civil War. 10.
▪ In the summer of 772 he led an army into middle Saxony, and took hostages from the Engrians.
▪ Now leading the Elf army, Tyrion proved to be every bit as skillful a general as he was a warrior.
▪ Recognising his own inadequacy as a general, he appointed a succession of brilliant field commanders to lead the High Elf armies.
▪ He led his army round by Anderson's howff.
▪ Pursued there and besieged, they fled by night to raise a loyal army, but found it pitiful in numbers.
▪ Some of the latter could if need be raise huge armies of native soldiers.
▪ He set about raising all army of his own to win back the lands lost in the recent campaign.
▪ By January he had raised an army of twenty-five thousand men and had headed north to intercept the forces of General Taylor.
▪ Desiderius responded to the Pope by raising an army and seizing Sinigaglia and Urbino, hitherto papal cities.
▪ Most Peloponnesians probably welcomed the excuse for not sending their main armies north; they had never wanted to.
▪ No military general would willingly send his army into battle untrained and ill-prepared, no matter how well-equipped.
▪ After 23 days, the government was threatening to send in the army to clean up the streets.
▪ Rabin sent in the army to haul them off.
▪ If you sent a great army against him, he'd simply cut it down with his sorcery.
▪ Six truckloads of military police were sent by the army to clear out all military personnel so they would not be involved.
▪ So in revenge, Zurich sent their own army to Rapperswil and destroyed the castle.
▪ More importantly, Emperor Henry had also agreed to send an army to help throw the Normans, once and for all, out of Apulia.
▪ After serving in the army during the Napoleonic wars, Széchenyi turned to the management of his estates.
▪ He wanted to serve in the army.
▪ Paul Alexandre, his loyal and sympathetic supporter, left Paris to serve in the army medical service.
▪ He dropped out of City after a year served in the army, returned to City, and graduated in 1959.
▪ Service, for 18 months, was compulsory for men over 19 who had not served in the Soviet army.
army/navy/military etc brat
regular army/troops/soldier
▪ Equally ambivalent were local attitudes to the wholesale billeting in Sussex of regular troops and other county militias during invasion scares.
▪ It is possible that some of Mezrag's forces continue to provide the regular army with back-up troops.
▪ The regular army had become increasingly discontented with its role in the war over the last ten years.
▪ The regular army has not advanced from the edge of the zone.
▪ The regular troops successfully ended the Great Strike within a few days.
▪ The other women in the classroom, except for two in the uniforms of the regular army, wear dresses.
▪ The ragged guerrillas become a new regular army with housing and pensions.
the Salvation Army
▪ In 1066 William the Conqueror raised an army and invaded England.
▪ My sons are both in the army.
▪ Rebel armies have taken control of the capital's radio station.
▪ Units of the Nigerian army were quickly sent to the border.
▪ By January he had raised an army of twenty-five thousand men and had headed north to intercept the forces of General Taylor.
▪ In 1939 he married Angela Orred, daughter of a retired army major.
▪ Most armies march into new wars wearing the boots designed, too late, for the previous ones.
▪ Perhaps armies are the most intense evocation of this state of mind.
▪ The missiles were military equipment and confirmed that the army had descended into chaos.
▪ Timothy McVeigh and two army buddies are charged.
▪ Union armies were strung in a southwesterly direction through Virginia, Tennessee, and Mississippi to the river, completing the encirclement.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

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

  3. A great number; a vast multitude; a host.

    An army of good words.

    Standing army, a permanent army of professional soldiers, as distinguished from militia or volunteers.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "armed expedition," from Old French armée (14c.) "armed troop, armed expedition," from Medieval Latin armata "armed force," from Latin armata, fem. of armatus "armed, equipped, in arms," past participle of armare "to arm," literally "act of arming," related to arma "tools, arms" (see arm (n.2)). Originally used of expeditions on sea or land; the specific meaning "land force" first recorded 1786. Transferred meaning "host, multitude" is c.1500.\n

\nThe Old English words were here (still preserved in derivatives like harrier), from PIE *kor- "people, crowd;" and fierd, with an original sense of "expedition," from faran "travel." In spite of etymology, in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, here generally meant "invading Vikings" and fierd was used for the local militias raised to fight them.


n. 1 A large, highly organized military force, concerned mainly with ground (rather than air or naval) operations. 2 # Used absolutely for that entire branch of the armed forces. 3 # (context often capitalized English) Within a vast military, a very large tactical contingent (e.g. a number of divisions). 4 The governmental agency in charge of a state's army. 5 (context figuratively English) A large group of people working toward the same purpose. 6 (context figuratively English) A large group of social animals working toward the same purpose. 7 (context figuratively English) Any multitude.

  1. n. a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state [syn: regular army, ground forces]

  2. a large number of people united for some specific purpose


An army (from Latin arma "arms, weapons" via Old French armée, "armed" (feminine)) or ground force is a fighting force that fights primarily on land. In the broadest sense, it 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. They differ from army reserves who are activated only during such times as war or natural disasters.

In several countries, the army is officially called the Land Army to differentiate it from an air force called the Air Army, notably France. In such countries, the word "army" on its own retains its connotation of a land force in common usage. The current largest army in the world, by number of active troops, is the People's Liberation Army Ground Force of China with 1,600,000 active troops and 510,000 reserve personnel followed by the Indian Army with 1,129,000 active troops and 960,000 reserve personnel.

By convention, irregular military is understood in contrast to regular armies which grew slowly from personal bodyguards or elite militia. Regular in this case refers to standardized doctrines, uniforms, organizations, etc. Regular military can also refer to full-time status ( standing army), versus reserve or part-time personnel. Other distinctions may separate statutory forces (established under laws such as the National Defence Act), from de facto "non-statutory" forces such as some guerrilla and revolutionary armies. Armies may also be expeditionary (designed for overseas or international deployment) or fencible (designed for – or restricted to – homeland defence).

Army (Ben Folds Five song)

"Army" is an alternative rock song by the band Ben Folds Five from their 1999 album The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. It reached number 28 on the charts in the UK.

Army (1996 film)

Army (, ) is a 1996 Bollywood action film directed by Raam Shetty. The film stars Sridevi, Shahrukh Khan, Danny Denzongpa amongst others in lead roles. It released on 28 June 1996 and it was a hit at the box office.

Army (newspaper)

Army is the newspaper published for the Australian Army. The paper is produced fortnightly and is uploaded online so that members can access it when deployed overseas.

Army (Ellie Goulding song)

"Army" is a song by English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding from her third studio album, Delirium (2015). The song was released on 9 January 2016 as the album's second single.

Army (1944 film)

Army (陸軍 Rikugun) is a 1944 Japanese film directed by Keisuke Kinoshita and starring Chishū Ryū and Kinuyo Tanaka. It is best known for its final scene, which Japanese wartime censors found troubling.

Army tells the story of three generations of a Japanese family and their relationship with the army from the Meiji era through the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. Ryu plays the man of the middle generation, Tomohiko, and Tanaka his wife Waka. A large portion of the movie concerns Tomohiko's and Waka's concern that their oldest son Shintaro will be too weak to become a good soldier and their efforts to mold him into one. Other portions of the movie include Tomohiko's own exclusion from fighting during the Russo-Japanese War due to illness, and his later indignation when a friend suggests that Japan could lose a war.

In the wordless final scene of the movie, Shintaro marches off with the army for deployment in the invasion of Manchuria. Tanaka's character runs alongside him tearfully and expresses her anxiety over his well-being. Japanese wartime censors were upset by this scene because Japanese mothers in films were supposed be depicted as being proud to send their sons to battle, and not being at all upset about it. According to film critic Donald Richie, the scene was spared being cut because arguably Tanaka's emotions were caused by her internal conflict between her duty to be happy to send her son off to war and her own selfishness by loving and trying to possess him. Criterion Collection essayist Michael Koresky and others attribute the fact that the script escaped censorship of this scene to the fact that the scene is wordless, and so in the script it merely states "The mother sees the son off at the station.” Koresky attributes the scene's power to purely cinematic elements, i.e., "expressive cutting, the variations in camera distance, Tanaka’s stunning performance."

As a result of the final scene, which according to Richie was called "deplorable and an unnecessary stain on an otherwise fine film," Kinoshita was subjected to enhanced attention from the censors until the end of the war. Reportedly, an army officer stormed into the Shochiku film studio after the film's premiere on November 22, 1944 accusing Kinoshita of treason. He would not be permitted to release another film until after the war ended.

According to author Alexander Jacoby, Army is superficially conformist but the final scene is an expression of Kinoshita's "antimilitarist sentiments." Kinoshita later stated that "I can’t lie to myself in my dramas. I couldn’t direct something that was like shaking hands and saying, ‘Come die.’”

Usage examples of "army".

But the dream moved on and she saw an army marching, cities ablaze, thousands slain.

From their bases first at Turin, and then at Coblenz, they were accused of planning invasions of France on the heels of absolutist armies that would put good patriots and their women and children to the sword and raze their cities.

Revolution prepared, for the first time, to confront the armies of absolutist monarchy.

The Army absolved him of all wrongdoing and offered to reinstate him if he wished.

He still kept his army in Spain, and this proceeding determined Portugal to accede to some slight alterations in the first treaty.

Their skilful guide, changing his plan of operations, then conducted the army by a longer circuit, but through a fertile territory, towards the head of the Euphrates, where the infant river is reduced to a shallow and accessible stream.

Grannie wants you to go down to Acme Films at ten fifteen when they will screen all the film we have of Red Army people who work for the Karlshorst Security Control Area.

With the acquisition of a superfluous waste of fertile soil, the conquerors obtained the command of a naval force, sufficient to transport their armies to the coast of Asia.

They sought to wear away at the armies of Xacatecas and Acoma, here through attrition, and there through the nerve-sawing, actionless boredom.

From this domestic conversation, one would never guess that Addis and he led an army, or that Nesta accompanied them as something of a prisoner.

His formidable host, when it was drawn out in order of battle, covered the banks of the river, the adjacent heights, and the whole extent of a plain of above twelve miles, which separated the two armies.

On returning from the review, Kutuzov took the Austrian general into his private room and, calling his adjutant, asked for some papers relating to the condition of the troops on their arrival, and the letters that had come from the Archduke Ferdinand, who was in command of the advanced army.

Army of the United States, not for a moment looking for advancement there, not counting the cost, not offering his sword to the service of power, nor yet laying it down at the feet of the Government--he unsheathed it and took his stand in defence of the great principles asserted by Virginia in the Revolution, when she contended with Great Britain the right of every people to choose their own form of government.

When the War of 1812 closed sentiment with regard to the army had made but little advancement, and consequently no place in the service was left for Negro soldiers.

Sir:--I desire to recommend to your favorable consideration and for advancement in case of the reorganization of the Regular Army, Lieutenant-Colonel A.