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Brigade definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BRIGA'DE, n. A party or division of troops, or soldiers,whether cavalry or infantry, regular or militia, commanded by a brigadier. It consists of an indeterminate number of regiments, squadrons, of battalions. A brigade of horse is a body of eight or ten squadrons; of infantry, four, five, or six battalions, or regiments.
BRIGA'DE, v.t. To form into a brigade, or into brigades.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: army unit smaller than a division v
1: form or unite into a brigade

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: French, from Italian brigata, from brigare to fight more at brigand Date: 1634 1. a. a large body of troops b. a tactical and administrative unit composed of a headquarters, one or more units of infantry or armor, and supporting units 2. a group of people organized for special activity II. transitive verb (brigaded; brigading) Date: 1781 to form or unite into a brigade

Britannica Concise

Military unit commanded by a brigadier general or a colonel and composed of two or more subordinate units, such as regiments or battalions. Two or more brigades make up a division.

U.S. Military Dictionary

A unit usually smaller than a division to which are attached groups and/or battalions and smaller units tailored to meet anticipated requirements. Also called BDE.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 Mil. a a subdivision of an army. b a British infantry unit consisting usu. of 3 battalions and forming part of a division. c a corresponding armoured unit. 2 an organized or uniformed band of workers (fire brigade). 3 colloq. any group of people with a characteristic in common (the couldn't-care-less brigade). --v.tr. form into a brigade. Etymology: F f. It. brigata company f. brigare be busy with f. briga strife

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brigade Bri*gade", n. [F. brigade, fr. It. brigata troop, crew, brigade, originally, a contending troop, fr. briga trouble, quarrel. See Brigand.] 1. (Mil.) A body of troops, whether cavalry, artillery, infantry, or mixed, consisting of two or more regiments, under the command of a brigadier general. Note: Two or more brigades constitute a division, commanded by a major general; two or more divisions constitute an army corps, or corps d'arm['e]e. [U.S.] 2. Any body of persons organized for acting or marching together under authority; as, a fire brigade. Brigade inspector, an officer whose duty is to inspect troops in companies before they are mustered into service. Brigade major, an officer who may be attached to a brigade to assist the brigadier in his duties.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Brigade Bri*gade", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brigaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Brigading.] (Mil.) To form into a brigade, or into brigades.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(brigades) A brigade is one of the groups which an army is divided into. ...the men of the Seventh Armoured Brigade. N-COUNT-COLL see also fire brigade

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