from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A court-martial held for the summary trial of an offense committed during military operations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a summary court-martial called to try offenses on the battlefield or the line of march, when, sometimes, a drumhead has to do service as a writing table.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a military court convened to hear urgent charges of offenses committed in action
So called because it was sometimes held around a drumhead.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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