a military unit that is a subdivision of a company; usually has a headquarters and two or more squads; usually commanded by a lieutenant
a team of policemen working under the military platoon system
a group of persons who are engaged in a common activity
"platoons of tourists poured out of the busses"; "the defensive platoon of the football team"
A unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant and forming part of a company.
To alternate starts with a teammate of opposite handedness, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher
Taylor has been hitting poorly against left-handers, and Morgan has been hitting poorly against right-handers, so they will platoon.
Origin: From obsolete plauton, variant of peloton, from pelote + -on. Compare pellet.
formerly, a body of men who fired together; also, a small square body of soldiers to strengthen the angles of a hollow square
now, in the United States service, half of a company
Origin: [F. peloton a ball of thread, a knot or group of men, a platoon, from pelote a ball formed of things wound round. See Pellet.]
A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing 26 to 50 soldiers. Platoons are organized into a company, which typically consists of three, four or five platoons. A platoon is typically the smallest military unit led by a commissioned officer—the platoon leader or platoon commander, usually a lieutenant. He is usually assisted by a senior non-commissioned officer—the platoon sergeant. In some armies, platoon is used throughout the branches of the army. In others, such as the British Army, most platoons are infantry platoons, while some carry other designations such as tank, mortar, or heavy weapons platoons. In a few armies, such as the French Army, a platoon is specifically a cavalry unit, and the infantry use "section" as the equivalent unit.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pla-tōōn′, n. a number of recruits assembled for exercise—originally a small body of soldiers in a hollow square, to strengthen the angles of a longer formation: a subdivision of a company. [Fr. peloton, a ball, a knot of men—pelote—L. pĭla, a ball.]
The numerical value of platoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of platoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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He deployed to Afghanistan twice. First as a platoon leader, and a couple of years later when he was hand-picked to head up a security detail.
There is a talk of a platoon, roughly 100 people, who would take part in the alliance's contingent, if the preparation of the (NATO) brigade goes according to plan, and I believe it will, then it is very likely in the second half (of this year).
You look back at Oliver Stones’s career — Jimmy Woods in' El Salvador,' Charlie Sheen in' Platoon,' Tom Cruise in' Born On The Fourth of July,' Kevin Costner in' JFK,' Val Kilmer in' The Doors' — and every actor has probably given their best performance with Oliver Stones, because, whether it is his Vietnam mentality, he wants you in the trenches with him.
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