from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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- n. Sports A group of players within a team, especially a football team, that is trained and sent into or withdrawn from play as a unit: the defensive platoon.
- transitive v. To play (a player) in alternation with another player in the same position: platooned the two catchers.
- intransitive v. To use alternate players at the same position.
- intransitive v. To take turns playing a position with another player.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant and forming part of a company.
- v. To alternate starts with a teammate of opposite handedness, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
French peloton, from Old French, diminutive of pelote, ball; see pellet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From obsolete French plauton, variant of peloton, from Middle French pelote + -on. Compare pellet. (Wiktionary)