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troop    : [tr'up]
Troop \Troop\, n. [F. troupe, OF. trope, trupe, LL. troppus; of
uncertain origin; cf. Icel. [thorn]orp a hamlet, village, G.
dorf a village, dial. G. dorf a meeting. Norw. torp a little
farm, a crowd, E. thorp. Cf. {Troupe}.]
1. A collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude.
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That which should accompany old age
As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends
I must not look to have. --Shak.
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2. Soldiers, collectively; an army; -- now generally used in
the plural.
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Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars. --Shak.
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His troops moved to victory with the precision of
machines. --Macaulay.
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3. (Mil.) Specifically, a small body of cavalry, light horse,
or dragoons, consisting usually of about sixty men,
commanded by a captain; the unit of formation of cavalry,
corresponding to the company in infantry. Formerly, also,
a company of horse artillery; a battery.
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4. A company of stageplayers; a troupe. --W. Coxe.
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5. (Mil.) A particular roll of the drum; a quick march.
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6. See {Boy scout}, above.
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Troop \Troop\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Trooped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops.
"Armies . . . troop to their standard." --Milton.
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2. To march on; to go forward in haste.
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Nor do I, as an enemy to peace,
Troop in the throngs of military men. --Shak.
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Troop \Troop\, v. t.

{To troop the colors} or {To troop the colours} (Mil.),
in the British army, to perform a ceremony consisting
essentially in carrying the colors, accompanied by the band
and escort, slowly before the troops drawn up in single file
and usually in a hollow square, as in London on the
sovereign's birthday.
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n 1: a group of soldiers
2: a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
3: a unit of Girl or Boy Scouts [synonym: {troop}, {scout troop},
{scout group}]
4: an orderly crowd; "a troop of children" [synonym: {troop},
v 1: march in a procession; "the veterans paraded down the
street" [synonym: {parade}, {troop}, {promenade}]
2: move or march as if in a crowd; "They children trooped into
the room"

109 Moby Thesaurus words for "troop":
KP, age group, ambulate, armed forces, army, army group,
assemblage, assembly, band, battalion, battery, battle group, bevy,
body, brigade, bunch, cabal, cadre, cast, clique, cohort,
collection, colony, column, combat command, combat team, company,
complement, contingent, corps, coterie, covey, crew, crowd,
detachment, detail, division, drift, drive, drove, faction,
field army, field train, file, fleet, flock, flying column,
foot it, forces, gam, gang, garrison, gathering, group, grouping,
groupment, herd, hoof, host, in-group, junta, kennel,
kitchen police, legion, litter, maniple, military, mob, movement,
multitude, organization, out-group, outfit, pace, pack, party,
peer group, phalanx, platoon, pod, posse, pride, rank, regiment,
salon, school, section, set, shoal, skulk, sloth, soldiers, squad,
squadron, stable, step, string, tactical unit, task force, team,
train, traipse, tread, tribe, trip, troopers, troupe, unit, wing

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