American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A highly mobile army unit using vehicular transport, such as light armor and helicopters.
- n. Troops trained to fight on horseback.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A class of soldiers who march and fight on horseback; that part of an army, or of any military force, which consists of troops that serve on horseback, as distinguished from infantry, or foot-soldiers. Their efficacy and general importance arise from their adaptation to rapid movements, thus enabling a commander to avail himself of decisive opportunities, as in the exposure of weak points in the enemy's lines, or the occurrence of disorder in his ranks. They are also employed for intercepting the enemy's supplies, furnishing detachments and escorts, procuring intelligence, protecting the center or wings of an army, or covering a retreat. The uses of cavalry, however, are necessarily limited by the nature of the ground. Modern cavalry consists of two grand classes, heavy and light (distinguished by weight of men, horses, and equipments), which are susceptible of subdivision according to the service required, as cuirassiers, dragoons, lancers, hussars, etc.
- n. military The military arm of service that fights while riding horses.
- n. military Branch of military transported by fast light vehicles, the mechanized cavalry.
- n. military An individual unit of the cavalry arm of service.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.) That part of military force which serves on horseback.
- n. a highly mobile army unit
- n. troops trained to fight on horseback
- From Middle French cavalerie, in turn from Italian cavalleria. Recorded in English from the 1540s. (Wiktionary)
- French cavalerie, from Italian cavalleria, from cavaliere, cavalier, from Old Italian; see cavalier. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term cavalry or infantry hardly describes it since it is composed of all-round handy men ready to take on any job in the campaigning line and do it well.”
“Most of the 12,000 served in cavalry units formed in each colony, and were often known as mounted rifles, bushmen, or imperial bushmen.”
“The first approach might be called the cavalry charge.”
“Moe, great post -- the cavalry is forming and on the march to the 2010 primaries!”
“The reward for his capture was split by the men of the 4th Michigan and 1st Wisconsin cavalry regiments, which had participated jointly.”
“The cavalry is not going to be riding in from over the horizon to save the day.”
“The last tin cavalry unit had just crashed into the French lines when the soft sound came from the hallway again: jingling, like a ring of keys.”
“Having been driven from the Yellow River to the Yangzi River, the Song state was not sure whether the Jin cavalry could be checked.”
“Yue Fei, the famous general who defeated the Jin cavalry several times, did have horses from Yunnan in his army. 181 On the other hand, the horse trade was also significant to the Dali Kingdom on the grounds that many substantial items as well as luxuries were exchanged.”
“Did they have internal combustion engines in cavalry then?”
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