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march 1

v. marched, march·ing, march·es
a. To walk steadily and rhythmically forward in step with others.
b. To begin to move in such a manner: The troops will march at dawn.
a. To proceed directly and purposefully: marched in and demanded to see the manager.
b. To progress steadily onward; advance: Time marches on.
3. To participate in an organized walk, as for a public cause.
1. To cause to move or otherwise progress in a steady rhythmical manner: march soldiers into battle; marched us off to the dentist.
2. To traverse by progressing steadily and rhythmically: They marched the route in a day.
1. The act of marching, especially:
a. The steady forward movement of a body of troops.
b. A long tiring journey on foot.
2. Steady forward movement or progression: the march of time.
3. A regulated pace: quick march; slow march.
4. The distance covered within a certain period of time by moving or progressing steadily and rhythmically: a week's march away.
5. Music A composition in regularly accented, usually duple meter that is appropriate to accompany marching.
6. An organized walk or procession by a group of people for a specific cause or issue.
on the march
Advancing steadily; progressing: Technology is on the march.
steal a march on
To get ahead of, especially by quiet enterprise.

[Middle English marchen, from Old French marchier, from Frankish *markōn, to mark out; see merg- in Indo-European roots.]

march 2

1. The border or boundary of a country or an area of land; a frontier.
2. A tract of land bordering on two countries and claimed by both.
intr.v. marched, march·ing, march·es
To have a common boundary: England marches with Scotland.

[Middle English, from Old French marche, of Germanic origin; see merg- in Indo-European roots.]


The third month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin Mārtius (mēnsis), (month) of Mars, from Mārs, Mārt-, Mars.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marching - the act of marchingmarching - the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind); "it was a long march"; "we heard the sound of marching"
walk, walking - the act of traveling by foot; "walking is a healthy form of exercise"
countermarch - (military) a march in the reverse direction or back along the same route
goose step - a manner of marching with legs straight and swinging high
lockstep - a manner of marching in file in which each person's leg moves with and behind the corresponding leg of the person ahead; "the prisoner's ankles were so chained together that they could only march in lockstep"
promenade - a march of all the guests at the opening of a formal dance
quick march - marching at quick time
routemarch - a long training march for troops


A. ADJ [song] → de marcha
B. CPD marching orders NPL (Mil) → orden fsing de ponerse en marcha
to get one's marching ordersser despedido
to give sb his marching ordersdespedir a algn, poner a algn en la calle


[ˈmɑːrtʃɪŋ] n
to give sb his marching orders → envoyer promener qnmarch-past [ˈmɑːrtʃpɑːst] ndéfilé m


marching orders
pl (Brit) (Mil) → Marschbefehl m; (inf)Entlassung f; the new manager got his marchingder neue Manager ist gegangen worden (inf); she gave him his marchingsie hat ihm den Laufpass gegeben
marching song
nMarschlied nt
References in classic literature ?
I used to be so frightened when it was my turn to sit in the chair with the crown on, and see you all come marching round to give the presents, with a kiss.
When we walk along the road, the old priest and me, we meet all the time soldiers marching and officers on horse.
As if satisfied with the toil of marching through the wilderness to encounter his enemy, the French general, though of approved skill, had neglected to seize the adjacent mountains; whence the besieged might have been exterminated with impunity, and which, in the more modern warfare of the country, would not have been neglected for a single hour.
For the Governor and the magistrates are to go by, and the ministers, and all the great people and good people, with the music and the soldiers marching before them.
There was a fishy flavor to the milk, too, which I could not at all account for, till one morning happening to take a stroll along the beach among some fishermen's boats, I saw Hosea's brindled cow feeding on fish remnants, and marching along the sand with each foot in a cod's decapitated head, looking very slip-shod, I assure ye.
As marching armies approaching an unfriendly defile in the mountains, accelerate their march, all eagerness to place that perilous passage in their rear, and once more expand in comparative security upon the plain; even so did this vast fleet of whales now seem hurrying forward through the straits; gradually contracting the wings of their semicircle, and swimming on, in one solid, but still crescentic centre.