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ˈɪn fən triin·fantry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. infantry, foot(noun)

    an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot

    "there came ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot"

Wiktionary

  1. infantry(Noun)

    Soldiers who fight on foot (on land), as opposed to cavalry and other mounted units, regardless of external transport (e.g. airborne).

    Etymology: From infanterie, from older , possibly from infantería "foot soldiers, force composed of those too inexperienced or low in rank for cavalry," from infante "foot soldier," originally "a youth", either way from infans '(child) who doesn't speak (yet)' (from in- 'non-' + fari 'to speak')

  2. infantry(Noun)

    The part of an army consisting of infantry soldiers, especially opposed to mounted and technical troops

    Etymology: From infanterie, from older , possibly from infantería "foot soldiers, force composed of those too inexperienced or low in rank for cavalry," from infante "foot soldier," originally "a youth", either way from infans '(child) who doesn't speak (yet)' (from in- 'non-' + fari 'to speak')

  3. infantry(Noun)

    A regiment of infantry

    Etymology: From infanterie, from older , possibly from infantería "foot soldiers, force composed of those too inexperienced or low in rank for cavalry," from infante "foot soldier," originally "a youth", either way from infans '(child) who doesn't speak (yet)' (from in- 'non-' + fari 'to speak')

Webster Dictionary

  1. Infantry(noun)

    a body of children

    Etymology: [F. infanterie, It. infanteria, fr. infante infant, child, boy servant, foot soldier, fr. L. infans, -antis, child; foot soldiers being formerly the servants and followers of knights. See Infant.]

  2. Infantry(noun)

    a body of soldiers serving on foot; foot soldiers, in distinction from cavalry

    Etymology: [F. infanterie, It. infanteria, fr. infante infant, child, boy servant, foot soldier, fr. L. infans, -antis, child; foot soldiers being formerly the servants and followers of knights. See Infant.]

Freebase

  1. Infantry

    Infantry is the branch of an army who fight on foot — soldiers specifically trained to engage, fight, and defeat the enemy in face-to-face combat; infantrymen thus bear the brunt of warfare, and suffer the greatest number of casualties. Historically, as the oldest branch of the combat arms, the infantry are the backbone of a modern army, and continually undergo training that is more stressful and demanding than that of any other branch of the combat arms, or of the army. The infantry’s greater emphasis upon discipline, physical fitness, and psychological strength develop reflexive skills that allow the spontaneous deployment of sustained aggression and violence, which make a weapon-system of the infantryman, whether armed or unarmed. Infantrymen are distinguished from soldiers trained to fight on horseback, from tanks, and as technicians, by their greatly developed combat skills, such as movement techniques, firearms proficiency, and field craft. Infantry can enter and manœver in terrain that is inaccessible to military vehicles and to battle tanks, and employ infantry support weapons that provide sustained firepower, in the absence of artillery. The transport and delivery of infantrymen to battle include marching and mechanised, airborne, air assault, and amphibious techniques.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Infantry

    in′fant-ri, n. foot-soldiers. [Fr. infanterie—It. infanteriainfante, fante, a child, a servant, a foot-soldier—L. infantem, infans.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. infantry

    Foot soldiers of the regular army; so called throughout Europe after the original Spanish "infanteria," or troops of the infanta or queen of Spain, who first developed on a large scale the importance of the arm.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. infantry

    (Lat. infans, “child,” or “servant,” applied to servants who went on foot, and infanterie, to foot-soldiers generally). Is that portion of a military establishment using small-arms and equipped for marching and fighting on foot, in contradistinction to artillery and cavalry. It is the oldest of the “three arms” into which armies are conventionally divided; was the favorite of the Greeks, the Gauls, the Germans, and the Franks, and was that mainly with which Rome conquered the world. Under Grecian and Roman civilization it attained pre-eminence as the arm of battle, but fell into contempt and comparative desuetude early in the Middle Ages, and did not emerge from that obscurity till the decline of the feudal system. It was first revived by the Swiss, who, armed with the pike, withstood the most famous chivalry of Europe. Afterwards the Spanish infantry, armed with the musket, and led by Alva and the Duke of Parma, Cortez and Pizarro, became the terror of two continents. The other states of Europe were not slow in learning the lesson. Infantry steadily increased in power and importance from the first years of the 14th century, and is now recognized as constituting the principal strength of military organizations. This importance results from the fact that it can be used everywhere, “in mountains or on plains, in woody or open countries, in cities or in fields, on rivers or at sea, in the redoubt or in the attack on the breach.” It is the self-sustaining arm in the field of battle, and is, moreover, less expensive, man for man, than its auxiliaries.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Infantry

    Foot soldiers, so called, not because, like children, they have to be trained to walk, but for the reason that one of the Infantes of Spain collected a body of armed men, unmounted, to rescue his father, the King, from captivity at the hands of the Moors. Afterwards foot soldiers in Spain and Italy received the name of Enfanteria.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of infantry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of infantry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of infantry in a Sentence

  1. Defense Secretary Mark Esper:

    At the direction of the Commander in Chief, I have authorized the deployment of an infantry battalion from the Immediate Response Force of the 82nd Airborne Division( in Fort Bragg, North Carolina) to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in response to recent events in Iraq.

  2. Louis Bravo:

    Being a sniper is in fact different than just being infantry, it's an added stressor as everyone expects more from you. Or that every sniper should be able to perform at Hollywood level because they saw Mark Wahlberg in 'Shooter.'.

  3. Mark Faldowski:

    Mike Viti just got out of a tough deployment to Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Division, and I had just come back from my third deployment.

  4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They'll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALS, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men.

  5. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before. They'll be able to drive tanks, give orders, lead infantry soldiers into combat, there will be no exceptions.

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