infantry


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in·fan·try

 (ĭn′fən-trē)
n. pl. in·fan·tries
1. The branch of an army made up of units trained to fight on foot.
2. Soldiers armed and trained to fight on foot: The general ordered his infantry to attack.
3. A unit, such as a regiment, of such soldiers: Company B of the 7th Infantry.

[French infanterie, from Old French, from Old Italian infanteria, from infante, youth, foot soldier, from Latin īnfāns, īnfant-, infant; see infant.]

infantry

(ˈɪnfəntrɪ)
n, pl -tries
(Military)
a. soldiers or units of soldiers who fight on foot with small arms
b. (as modifier): an infantry unit.
[C16: from Italian infanteria, from infante boy, foot soldier; see infant]

in•fan•try

(ˈɪn fən tri)

n., pl. -tries.
1. soldiers or military units that fight on foot.
2. a branch of an army composed of such soldiers.
[1570–80; < Middle French < Italian (in)fanteria, derivative of (in)fant(e) boy, foot-soldier]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infantry - an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on footinfantry - an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot; "there came ten thousand horsemen and as many fully-armed foot"
army unit - a military unit that is part of an army
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war 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"
paratroops - infantry trained and equipped to parachute

infantry

noun infantrymen, foot soldiers The infantry were advancing to attack the ridge.
Translations
pěchota
infanterifodfolk
jalkaväki
pješadija
gyalogság
fótgönguliî
歩兵
보병
pėstininkai
kājnieki
pechota
pehota
infanteri
กองทหารราบ
bộ binh

infantry

[ˈɪnfəntrɪ] Ninfantería f

infantry

[ˈɪnfəntri] ninfanterie f
the infantry → l'infanterieinfantry division n (in army)division f d'infanterie

infantry

n (Mil) → Infanterie f, → Fußtruppe f (Hist)

infantry

[ˈɪnfntrɪ] nfanteria

infantry

(ˈinfəntri) noun or noun plural
(the part of an army consisting of) foot-soldiers. The infantry was/were sent on ahead, with the artillery following in the rear.

infantry

سِلَاحُ الـمُشَاةُ pěchota infanteri Infanterie πεζικό infantería jalkaväki infanterie pješadija fanteria 歩兵 보병 infanterie infanteri piechota infantaria пехота infanteri กองทหารราบ piyade bộ binh 步兵
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Sometimes through the monotonous waves of men, like a fleck of white foam on the waves of the Enns, an officer, in a cloak and with a type of face different from that of the men, squeezed his way along; sometimes like a chip of wood whirling in the river, an hussar on foot, an orderly, or a townsman was carried through the waves of infantry; and sometimes like a log floating down the river, an officers' or company's baggage wagon, piled high, leather covered, and hemmed in on all sides, moved across the bridge.
"Where are you going?" asked an infantry officer who was eating an apple, also half smiling as he looked at the handsome girl.
Sometimes the infantry and artillery took a hand in the game by way of showing their good-will.
Passing the infantry pickets, the detachment soon afterward approached two cavalry videttes staring hard into the darkness ahead.
"Oh, I wasn't long in the artillery, maybe they'll put me into the infantry or the cavalry."
"Into the infantry when they need artillery more than anything?" said Katavasov, fancying from the artilleryman's apparent age that he must have reached a fairly high grade.
The youth, after rushing about and throwing interrogations at the heedless bands of retreating infantry, finally clutched a man by the arm.
Some officers of the scattered infantry were cursing and railing like fishwives.
The principle that has guided them has been, first, to lower the credit of infantry so that they might increase their own.
While Monsieur d'Arminges gave orders for the horses to be made ready for departure, the two young men ascended to the upper windows of the house and saw in the direction of Marsin and of Lens a large body of infantry and cavalry.
"I had a comrade of your worship's name, Senor Judge, in Constantinople, where I was a captive for several years, and that same comrade was one of the stoutest soldiers and captains in the whole Spanish infantry; but he had as large a share of misfortune as he had of gallantry and courage."
"All the infantry were under my command." He turned, and was duly presented to my Lady.