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platoon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n platoon a military unit that is a subdivision of a company; usually has a headquarters and two or more squads; usually commanded by a lieutenant
    • n platoon a team of policemen working under the military platoon system
    • n platoon a group of persons who are engaged in a common activity "platoons of tourists poured out of the busses","the defensive platoon of the football team"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Platoon (Mil) Formerly, a body of men who fired together; also, a small square body of soldiers to strengthen the angles of a hollow square.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n platoon A small body of soldiers or musketeers, drawn out of a battalion of foot to form a hollow square to strengthen the angles of some military formation or position; or, a small body acting together, but separate from the main body.
    • n platoon A number of soldiers, as large as is convenient for drill, etc., drawn up in two ranks, usually from 15 to 25 in each rank; hence (since a company of infantry is habitually divided into two platoons), half of a company considered as a separate body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Platoon pla-tōōn′ a number of recruits assembled for exercise—originally a small body of soldiers in a hollow square, to strengthen the angles of a longer formation: a subdivision of a company.
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Quotations

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. peloton, a ball of thread, a knot or group of men, a platoon, from pelote, a ball formed of things wound round. See Pellet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. peloton, a ball, a knot of men—pelote—L. pĭla, a ball.

Usage

In literature:

We lit our pipes and sat down among some other members of our platoon.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 16, 1914" by Various
Soon they began to come like the first reformed platoon of an army after fleeing from disaster.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Sergeant Brimmer, true to his word, stepped up and placed Hal and Noll six paces to the rear of the second platoon.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
At drill things were easier than on Salisbury Plain, his actions being veiled in the obscurity of squad or platoon or company.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
He took the first three in the first platoon and handed them over to a sergeant.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 30, 1914" by Various
The battalions for drill purposes were formed into four companies with four platoons per company.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
To the right one could discern the dim outlines of platoons moving up steadily and at equal distances like ourselves.
"Attack" by Edward G. D. Liveing
Platoon after platoon, company after company, whole regiments in columns of fours.
"They Shall Not Pass" by Frank H. Simonds
The slum contingent was a subject of much amusement and curiosity to the Marlowe Grange platoon.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
On they came, like a platoon of cavalry rushing down across the open sod which lay before our door.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Beneath the hatches, the platoon of soldiers and the men there imprisoned were yelling and making a tremendous racket.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
They carry portable telephones with which they can communicate with their platoon.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Fannia stopped and watched as a platoon of natives advanced on them.
"Warrior Race" by Robert Sheckley
The other lines halted, too, and formed a great platoon.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Instantly the front platoon of redcoats raise their muskets.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Do not know whereabouts of missing platoons.
"With Manchesters in the East" by Gerald B. Hurst
Each platoon is commanded by a lieutenant and a sergeant.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
Whole platoons were prostrated, but their places were instantly filled by others.
"Elsie at Viamede" by Martha Finley
The crossbow-men received orders that some were merely to load, while others fired, and this always in platoons.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Platoon of Police, Twenty-five Men, Sergt.
"The Crime of the Century" by Henry M. Hunt
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In poetry:

But before the last platoon had fired,
The child's shrill voice was heard;
"Houp-la! the old girl made such a row
I feared I should break my word."
"A Triumph Of Order" by John Hay
A blatant bugle tears my afternoons.
Out clump the clumsy Tommies by platoons,
Trying to keep in step with rag-time tunes,
But I sit still; I've done my drill.
"The Calls [unfinished]" by Wilfred Owen
An' back to the mountains went the squadrons and platoons,
Four-an'-twinty fightin' min an' a couple o' sthout gossoons;
The band was playing cautiously their patriotic tunes,
To sing the fame, if rather lame, o' Shlathery's Light Dhragoons.
"Shlatherys Mounted Fut" by William Percy French
So there in the mountains lay the squadrons and platoons
Four an' twenty fightin' men an' a couple of sthout gossoons;
They'll never more go marching out to patriotic tunes,
But all the same they sing the fame o' Shlattery's Light Dhragoons.
"Shlatherys Mounted Fut" by William Percy French

In news:

Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon at QND.
What if scream whole platoons of media critics.
With Salvador, Platoon, and Wall Street, he helped shape the cultural history of the 1970s and 1980s.
In September 2009, the second platoon of Charlie Company arrived in Afghanistan with 42 men.
Despite a platoon of primpers, celebs take years to hone their paparazzi-worthy hair and makeup looks.
Tigers will platoon outfielder Magglio Ordonez.
Former Army Ranger Captain and western Pennsylvania native Sean Parnell talks about his new book, Outlaw Platoon .
The annual Tiger Platoon Cocky funeral and burn was held at the Outdoor Amphitheater in Clemson.
Items tagged with Platoon .
Schafer, Maxwell in platoon situation for now.
And Dirt Platoon 's new EP looks to be about the collective's biggest-deal work so far, under the Effiscienz banner at least.
Pletcher Platoon Invades Belmont Work Tab.
The Yankees' third-base platoon .
Platoon 's program focuses on both your golf game — they bring in a golf pro to counsel you on swing mechanics, stance, grip, and posture—as well as your fitness level.
Convoy Operations With North Idaho's Rhino Platoon .
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In science:

Hydrodynamics and platoon formation for a totally asymmetric exclusion model with particlewise disorder.
Properties of the limit shape for some last passage growth models in random environments
Hydrodynamics and Platoon formation for a totally asymmetric exclusion model with particlewise disorder. J.
Euler hydrodynamics for attractive particle systems in random environment
This supports the explanation of that the slow decrease for small distances is due to small platoons of fast cars led by one slow car.
An empirical test for cellular automaton models of traffic flow
The use of an effective gap by means of velocity anticipation reduces velocity fluctuations in free flow and leads to platoons of vehicles driving bumper-to-bumper.
An empirical test for cellular automaton models of traffic flow
Sepp¨alainen T, Krug J, Hydrodynamics and platoon formation for a totally asymmetric exclusion model with particlewise disorder, J.
Bethe ansatz and current distribution for the TASEP with particle-dependent hopping rates
In this case the emphasis is in platoon organization.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
Ordinates in figure 6 show the proportion of vehicles that are traveling in vp -platoons.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
Figure 6 shows that for low densities all vehicles travel at maximum speed and therefore a single platoon is formed.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
For intermediate densities, there is a reduction in the number of vehicles that are traveling in platoons, although the total number is still significative, as about 40% of vehicles still travel in platoons.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
Finally, for very large densities, the number of vehicles in platoons increases as more and more vehicles have zero velocity.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
It is interesting to note that vehicles traveling as platoons have very similar velocities.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
For intermediate densities, where the synchronized states exist, the number of vehicles that are traveling in platoons is about 40%.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
The platoon formation observed plays an important role in both automated and non-automated highway systems.
Cellular automata for traffic flow simulation with safety embedded notions
Krug: Platoon formation as a critical phenomenon, these proceedings 6. W.
Analytical approaches to CA for traffic flow: Approximations and exact solutions
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