from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the arrangement of the ranks with a distance of about half a pace between them; with a distance of about three yards the ranks are in
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- n. a military formation for drill or marching
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The grass grew twice as high as in the fields beyond and the wild grapevines marked a tangled area about the size of the football field where our Troop practiced its close order drill.
“There was in fact very nearly as good a chance of a convoy of forty ships in close order slipping unperceived between the patrolling U-boats as there was for a single ship; and each time this happened, forty ships escaped instead of one.”
In that period the 2nd Cavalry roamed the marshy length of the Teberev, one of the tributaries of the Pripet, falling upon isolated units of German infantry, who were marching along in close order toward a "front" they believed to be forty miles to the east.
Reverend Hodges had promised us a camp-out but the Troop had been too busy learning close order drill and semaphore.
The ice in New York Bay was so thick that regiments of troops in close order with heavy cannon could pass over it from New York City to Staten Island, a distance of six miles.