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

  • n. A training camp for military recruits.
  • n. A correctional facility that uses the training techniques applied to military recruits to teach usually youthful offenders socially acceptable patterns of behavior.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Initial, basic indoctrination, physical fitness training and basic instruction in service-related subjects for new recruits in the armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps).
  • n. A short, intensive, quasi-military program generally aimed at young offenders as an alternative to a jail term.
  • n. Any short, intensive course of training.

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  • n. camp for training military recruits


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  • Supposedly, U.S. sailors during the Spanish-American War wore leggings called boots, which came to refer to a Navy or Marine recruit and was later applied to the name of their training area.

    November 30, 2007