Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To walk steadily and rhythmically forward in step with others.
  • intransitive v. To begin to move in such a manner: The troops will march at dawn.
  • intransitive v. To proceed directly and purposefully: marched in and demanded to see the manager.
  • intransitive v. To progress steadily onward; advance: Time marches on.
  • intransitive v. To be arranged in an orderly fashion that suggests steady rhythmical progression.
  • intransitive v. To participate in an organized walk, as for a public cause.
  • transitive v. To cause to move or otherwise progress in a steady rhythmical manner: march soldiers into battle; marched us off to the dentist.
  • transitive v. To traverse by progressing steadily and rhythmically: They marched the route in a day.
  • n. The act of marching, especially:
  • n. The steady forward movement of a body of troops.
  • n. A long tiring journey on foot.
  • n. Steady forward movement or progression: the march of time.
  • n. A regulated pace: quick march; slow march.
  • n. The distance covered within a certain period of time by moving or progressing steadily and rhythmically: a week's march away.
  • n. Music A composition in regularly accented, usually duple meter that is appropriate to accompany marching.
  • n. An organized walk or procession by a group of people for a specific cause or issue.
  • idiom on the march Advancing steadily; progressing: Technology is on the march.
  • idiom steal a march on To get ahead of, especially by quiet enterprise.
  • n. The border or boundary of a country or an area of land; a frontier.
  • n. A tract of land bordering on two countries and claimed by both.
  • intransitive v. To have a common boundary: England marches with Scotland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A formal, rhythmic way of walking, used especially by soldiers, bands and in ceremonies.
  • n. A political rally or parade
  • n. Any song in the genre of music written for marching (see Wikipedia's article on this type of music)
  • n. Steady forward movement or progression.
  • n. Smallage.
  • v. To walk with long, regular strides, as a soldier does.
  • v. To go to war; to make military advances.
  • n. A border region, especially one originally set up to defend a boundary.
  • n. A region at a frontier governed by a marquess.
  • n. The name for any of various territories in Europe having etymologically cognate names in their native languages.
  • v. To have common borders or frontiers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The third month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
  • n. A territorial border or frontier; a region adjacent to a boundary line; a confine; -- used chiefly in the plural, and in English history applied especially to the border land on the frontiers between England and Scotland, and England and Wales.
  • n. The act of marching; a movement of soldiers from one stopping place to another; military progress; advance of troops.
  • n. Hence: Measured and regular advance or movement, like that of soldiers moving in order; stately or deliberate walk; steady onward movement.
  • n. The distance passed over in marching
  • n. A piece of music designed or fitted to accompany and guide the movement of troops; a piece of music in the march form.
  • intransitive v. To border; to be contiguous; to lie side by side.
  • intransitive v. To move with regular steps, as a soldier; to walk in a grave, deliberate, or stately manner; to advance steadily.
  • intransitive v. To proceed by walking in a body or in military order.
  • transitive v. To cause to move with regular steps in the manner of a soldier; to cause to move in military array, or in a body, as troops; to cause to advance in a steady, regular, or stately manner; to cause to go by peremptory command, or by force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To constitute a march or border; be bordering; lie continuously parallel and contiguous; abut.
  • To dwell adjacent; neighbor.
  • To walk with measured steps, or with a steady regular tread; move in a deliberate, stately manner; step with regularity, earnestness, or gravity: often used trivially, as in the expression, he marched off angrily.
  • Specifically, to walk with concerted steps in regular or measured time, as a body or a member of a body of soldiers or a procession; move in uniform order and time; step together in ranks.
  • To move in military order, as a body of troops; advance in a soldierly manner: as, in the morning the regiment marched; they marched twenty miles.
  • To cause to move in military order, or in a body or regular procession: as, to march an army to the battle-field.
  • To cause to go anywhere at one's command and under one's guidance: as, the policeman marched his prisoner to the lockup.
  • n. A frontier or boundary of a territory; a border; hence, a borderland; a district or political division of a country conterminous with the boundary-line of another country.
  • n. A measured and uniform walk or concerted and orderly movement of a body of men, as soldiers; a regular advance of a body of men, in which they keep time with each other and sometimes with music; stately and deliberate walk; steady or labored progression: used figuratively in regard to poetry, from its rhythm resembling the measured harmonious stepping of soldiery.
  • n. An advance from one halting-place to another, as of a body of soldiers or travelers; the distance passed over in a single course of marching; a military journey of a body of troops: as, a march of twenty miles.
  • n. Progressive advancement; progress; regular course.
  • n. A military signal to move, consisting of a particular drum-beat or bugle-call.
  • n. In music, a strongly rhythmical composition designed to accompany marching or to imitate a march-movement.
  • n. In weaving, one of the short laths placed across the treadles beneath the shafts of a loom.
  • n. In the game of euchre, a taking of all five tricks by one side.
  • n. The third month of our year, consisting of thirty-one days.
  • n. The celery plant, Apium graveolens, and parsley, Petroselinum Petroselinum. Also merch.
  • n. An abbreviation of Marchioness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area
  • n. the month following February and preceding April
  • v. walk fast, with regular or measured steps; walk with a stride
  • v. march in a procession
  • n. a procession of people walking together
  • v. march in protest; take part in a demonstration
  • v. walk ostentatiously
  • v. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
  • n. a steady advance
  • v. cause to march or go at a marching pace
  • n. a degree granted for the successful completion of advanced study of architecture
  • n. the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)
  • n. genre of music written for marching
  • v. force to march

Etymologies

Middle English marchen, from Old French marchier, from Frankish *markōn, to mark out.
Middle English, from Old French marche, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English marchen from Middle French marcher ("to march, to walk"), from Old French marchier ("to stride, to march, to trample"), from Frankish *to mark, mark out, to press with the foot, from Proto-Germanic *markō, from Proto-Indo-European *mereg- (“edge, boundary”). Akin to Old English mearc, ġemearc "mark, boundary". (Wiktionary)
From Middle English marche ("tract of land along a country's border"), from Old French marche ("boundary, frontier"), from Frankish *marka, from Proto-Germanic *markō, from Proto-Indo-European *mereg- (“edge, boundary”). (Wiktionary)

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