military machine


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Noun1.military machine - the military forces of a nationmilitary machine - 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"
absence without leave, unauthorized absence - unauthorized military absence
pullback - (military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops); "the pullback is expected to be over 25,000 troops"
retreat - (military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's superior forces or after a defeat; "the disorderly retreat of French troops"
standdown, stand-down - (military) a temporary stop of offensive military action
fallback, pullout, disengagement - to break off a military action with an enemy
amphibious landing - a military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion; "MacArthur staged a massive amphibious landing behind enemy lines"
gun - the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies; "two runners started before the gun"; "a twenty gun salute"
deactivation, inactivation - breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
countermarch - (military) a march in the reverse direction or back along the same route
fly-by, flypast, flyover - a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
sortie - (military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)
troop movement - movement of military units to a new location
war game - a simulation of a military operation intended to train military commanders or to demonstrate a situation or to test a proposed strategy
militainment - entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated
demonstration - a show of military force or preparedness; "he confused the enemy with feints and demonstrations"
national service - compulsory service in the military during peacetime
fatigue duty, fatigue - labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on); "the soldiers were put on fatigue to teach them a lesson"; "they were assigned to kitchen fatigues"
air cover - the use of military aircraft to provide protection against attack by enemy aircraft during ground or naval operations
military censorship - all types of censorship conducted by personnel of the armed forces
umbrella - a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets; "an air umbrella over England"
logistic assessment - a judgment of the logistic support required for some particular military operation
drill - (military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms
manual of arms, manual - (military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
military training - training soldiers in military procedures
basic training - the initial period of training for new military personnel; involves intense physical activity and behavioral discipline
military drill - training in marching and the use of weapons
close-order drill - (military) military drill of troops in standard marching (shoulder-to-shoulder)
square-bashing - drill on a barracks square
military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
battle, engagement, fight, conflict - a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
blockade, encirclement - a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy
defense, defensive measure, defence - (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
electronic warfare, EW - military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
military operation, operation - activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
combined operation - a military operation carried out cooperatively by two or more allied nations or a military operation carried out by coordination of sea, land, and air forces
police action - a local military action without declaration of war; against violators of international peace and order
resistance - the military action of resisting the enemy's advance; "the enemy offered little resistance"
maneuver, simulated military operation, manoeuvre - a military training exercise
armed combat, combat - an engagement fought between two military forces
military campaign, campaign - several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)
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Precision bombing of just 93 targets was the key to inflicting severe damage on Saddam Hussein's huge military machine.
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The Iraqi people, promised freedom from tyranny, saw their country, already devastated by two wars and twelve years of sanctions, attacked by the most powerful military machine in history.
Defeating Hitler's vast military machine required an invasion of epic proportions, and on D-Day, 60 years ago this spring, Allied troops threw themselves against the German defenses and began the campaign that--with Soviet forces pressing in from the east--would result in Germany's surrender.
One does agree with this notion, so long as Mr Bush does not believe he can impose God's will on earth just because he has the greatest military machine.
After all, it is courtesy of corporate West that the strongest and fiercest military machine in the world has waged "perpetual war for perpetual peace" since at least 1945.
Billions of dollars were wasted on the build up of a massive military machine of tanks,planes,missiles,nuclear equipment,chemicaland biological weapons,command centres and bunkers.
General George Washington, Commander of the Continental Army, faced a larger, much better equipped British military machine.

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