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ˈtreɪnˌbændtrain·band

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trainbandnoun

    a company of militia in England or America from the 16th century to the 18th century

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  1. trainbandnoun

    a company of trained civilian militia operating in England and North America between the 16th and the 18th centuries

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trainbandnoun

    a band or company of an organized military force instituted by James I. and dissolved by Charles II.; -- afterwards applied to the London militia

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  1. Trainband

    Trainbands were companies of militia in England or the Americas, first organized in the 16th century and dissolved in the 18th. The term was used after this time to describe the London militia. In the early American colonies the trainband was the most basic tactical unit. However, no standard company size ever existed and variations were wide. As population grew these companies were organized into regiments to allow better management. But trainbands were not combat units. Generally, upon reaching a certain age a man was required to join the local trainband in which he received periodic training for the next couple of decades. In wartime military forces were formed by selecting men from trainbands on an individual basis and then forming them into a fighting unit. The exact derivation and usage is not clear. A nineteenth-century dictionary says, under "Train": "train-band, i.e. train'd band, a band of trained men, Cowper, Joh Gilpin, st. I, and used by Dryden and Clarendon" — Skeat's Etymological Dictionary of the English Language The issue is whether the men "received training" in the modern sense, or whether they were "in the train" or retinue or were otherwise organized around a military "train" as in horse-drawn artillery.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trainband in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trainband in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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