American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A subdivision of a company of troops consisting of two or more squads or sections and usually commanded by a lieutenant.
- n. A group of people working, traveling, or assembled together: a platoon of firefighters; buses carrying platoons of tourists.
- n. Sports A group of players within a team, especially a football team, that is trained and sent into or withdrawn from play as a unit: the defensive platoon.
- v. To play (a player) in alternation with another player in the same position: platooned the two catchers.
- v. To use alternate players at the same position.
- v. To take turns playing a position with another player.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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.
- n. military A unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant and forming part of a company.
- v. baseball To alternate starts with a teammate of opposite handedness, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Formerly, a body of men who fired together; also, a small square body of soldiers to strengthen the angles of a hollow square.
- n. Now, in the United States service, half of a company.
- n. 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. a team of policemen working under the military platoon system
- n. a group of persons who are engaged in a common activity
- From obsolete French plauton, variant of peloton, from Middle French pelote + -on. Compare pellet. (Wiktionary)
- French peloton, from Old French, diminutive of pelote, ball; see pellet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That's because there isn't one specific focal character; if anything, the platoon is the focal character.”
“The platoon is also required to promote an uneasy hearts-and-minds policy among notionally friendly locals.”
“The Navy announced last year it would name a destroyer after Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who used his helmet and body to cover a grenade in Iraq on April 14, 2004, protecting members of his platoon from the bulk of the blast, according to the Department of Defense's "Heroes in the War on Terror" website.”
“The natural strength of a platoon is understrength.”
“In the current report, we are told that the situation became so serious that a platoon from the 3Bn the Parachute Regiment refused to go out on patrol until the problem was resolved.”
“A platoon is typically less than thirty men, and a squad is eight or less.”
“This year's blue-line platoon is a fairly uninspiring lot in Red Line's view.”
“Testing was conducted on an unwitting platoon from the 75th Ranger Regiment.”
“The platoon is normally escorted by armed Humvees and helicopters, but did not have that support Wednesday, McClenny told her mother.”
“Toon; I suppose that's what the word platoon has become, with time.”
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