What does military mean?

Definitions for military
ˈmɪl ɪˌtɛr imil·i·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. military, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machineadjective

    the military forces of a nation

    "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

  2. militaryadjective

    of or relating to the study of the principles of warfare

    "military law"

  3. militaryadjective

    characteristic of or associated with soldiers or the military

    "military uniforms"

  4. militaryadjective

    associated with or performed by members of the armed services as contrasted with civilians

    "military police"


  1. militarynoun

    Armed forces.

    He spent six years in the military.

  2. militarynoun

    U.S. armed forces in general, including the Marine Corps.

    It's not the job of the military to make policy.

  3. militaryadjective

    Characteristic of members of the armed forces.

  4. militaryadjective

    Relating to armed forces such as the army, marines, navy and air force (often as distinguished from civilians or police forces).

  5. militaryadjective

    Relating to war.

  6. militaryadjective

    Relating to armies or ground forces.

  7. Etymology: From militaire, from militarius, from militis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Militar, Militaryadjective

    Militar is now wholly out of use.

    Etymology: militaris, Latin; militaire, Fr.

    In the time of Severus and Antoninus, many, being soldiers, had been converted unto Christ, and notwithstanding continued still in that military course of life. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    He will maintain his argument as well as any military man in the world. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Although he were a prince in militar virtue approved, yet his cruelties weighed down his virtues. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Numbers numberless
    The city gates out-pour’d, light-armed troops
    In coats of mail and military pride. John Milton, Par. Reg.

    The wreaths his grandsire knew to reap
    By active toil, and military sweat,
    Pining incline their sickly leaves. Matthew Prior.

    He was with general applause, and great cries of joy, in a kind of militar election or recognition, saluted king. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Militaryadjective

    of or pertaining to soldiers, to arms, or to war; belonging to, engaged in, or appropriate to, the affairs of war; as, a military parade; military discipline; military bravery; military conduct; military renown

  2. Militaryadjective

    performed or made by soldiers; as, a military election; a military expedition

  3. Militarynoun

    the whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; troops; the army

  4. Etymology: [L. militaris, militarius, from miles, militis, soldier: cf. F. militaire.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. military

    Pertaining to soldiers, to arms, or to war; having to do with the affairs of war; as, a military parade or appearance; military discipline. Engaged in the service of soldiers or arms; as, a military man. Warlike; becoming a soldier; as, military bravery, military virtue. Derived from the service or exploits of a soldier; as, military renown. Conformable to the customs or rules of armies or militia; as, the conduct of the officer was not military. Performed or made by soldiers; as, a military election.

  2. military

    The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; the army.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'military' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #874

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'military' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3179

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'military' in Adjectives Frequency: #105

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of military in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of military in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of military in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Obama:

    So I immersed myself in the policy details. I worked with Congress on legislation, gave speeches to CEOs, military generals and Hollywood executives. but I also worked to ensure that my efforts would resonate with kids and families -- and that meant doing things in a creative and unconventional way. So, yeah, I planted a garden, and hula-hooped on the White House lawn with kids. I did some mom dancing on TV ... And at the end of the day, by staying true to the me I've always known, I found that this journey has been incredibly freeing.

  2. Andrew Weber:

    There was no military option in 2013 to destroy, 1,300 tons of CW without dispersing deadly chemical agent and endangering large numbers of innocent civilians, but with the CW stockpile removed and destroyed, a military option now exists.

  3. Jeanette Betancourt:

    So what is wonderful about the Muppets is that they are really representing many of the children of military families, it’s almost like seeing yourself and that we hear often throughout this work is that children are seeing themselves and the kinds of questions or concerns or happy moments that they are experiencing in this kind of transition, so it’s absolutely key.

  4. Southwest Airlines:

    Our Southwest Airlines family is honored to support Our Southwest Airlines family long-hoped homecoming and join in tribute to Col. Knight as well as every other military hero who has paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces.

  5. Gotabaya Rajapaksa:

    I deny in all possible terms reports of attempts to use the military to influence election results, during decades in politics, I have always bowed down to the people's verdict. Wins & losses are a natural part of political life.

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