from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A summary trial held during military operations, without the usual level of protection for the rights of the accused.
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- noun a military court convened to hear urgent charges of offenses committed in action
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[So called because it was sometimes held around a drumhead.]
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