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Princeton's WordNet

  1. platoonnoun

    a military unit that is a subdivision of a company; usually has a headquarters and two or more squads; usually commanded by a lieutenant

  2. platoonnoun

    a team of policemen working under the military platoon system

  3. platoonnoun

    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"


  1. platoonnoun

    A unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant and forming part of a company.

  2. platoonverb

    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.

  3. Etymology: From obsolete plauton, variant of peloton, from pelote + -on. Compare pellet.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Platoonnoun

    A small square body of musketeers, drawn out of a batallion of foot, when they form the hollow square, to strengthen the angles: the grenadiers are generally thus posted; yet a party from any other division is called a platoon, when intending to far from the main body. Military Dict.

    Etymology: a corruption of peloton, Fr.

    In comely wounds shall bleeding worthies stand,
    Webb’s firm platoon, and Lumly’s faithful band. Thomas Tickell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Platoonnoun

    formerly, a body of men who fired together; also, a small square body of soldiers to strengthen the angles of a hollow square

  2. Platoonnoun

    now, in the United States service, half of a company

  3. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Platoon

    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

  1. Platoon

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. platoon

    Originally a small square body or subdivision of musketeers; hence, platoon exercise, that which relates to the loading and firing of muskets in the ranks; and platoon firing, i.e. by subdivisions.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. platoon

    Probably from the French peloton, a “ball of thread,” a “knot,” was a term formerly used in the English service to designate a body of men who fired together. In U. S. tactics, it is now a recognized subdivision of a company, being one-half.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of platoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of platoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of platoon in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Davis:

    What we've seen is the AA shifting from a preparatory phase of political and military infiltration into northern Rakhine state that began in 2015, they've now taken it to a much higher level, operating at platoon and even company strength across almost all the townships in the north of the state, and that's new.

  2. Jonny Kim:

    I remember what Tony Eafrati(His Platoon Chief) said me when I first showed up: 'Never think you're too good to do trash.' And I take that to heart, like to this day. Never too good to do those jobs, because the moment you start to think you're better than anyone else, you have poisoned yourself. You are on the dark path.

  3. Serhii Tamarin:

    I think in a few days, they should send me back to my platoon.

  4. Michael Douglas:

    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.

  5. Vadym Skibitsky:

    According to our assessment, this is not the final change, [Putin] really does have problems with the command, both at the top level, the generals, and at the bottom level of platoon or company commander.

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