from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Armed with light weapons or accouterments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Armed and accoutred in a manner convenient for active and desultory service: said of troops.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. armed with light weapons
  • adj. armed with light equipment and weapons


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  • Instead the citizens rushed out of the gates with their cavalry and a sizeable force of light-armed troops to surprise the Macedonians.

    Alexander the Great

  • He therefore sent his best swimmers among the light-armed troops over the side into the shallow surf and ordered them to advance together with weapons drawn into battle.

    Alexander the Great

  • Leaving his army behind, he took with him his closest companions and a small force of only a thousand cavalry and light-armed infantry into the rugged mountains.

    Alexander the Great

  • Meanwhile the king took a squadron of cavalry and light-armed troops down into the plain to see the battlefield for himself.

    Alexander the Great

  • He himself took the light-armed soldiers and headed up the steepest road to reach Hyrcania first.

    Alexander the Great

  • Ah well, thought Cadfael, mounting with his mission well rehearsed in his head, and his knot of light-armed men about him, soon on, soon off, no doubt, and she has never spoken word to him and most likely never will.

    A Caregiver's Homage To The Very Old

  • But not by stealth, in double force against light-armed men expecting no danger.

    His Disposition

  • The Roman light-armed infantry usually tried to soften up the enemy by shooting arrows and slings, some of which had an effective range of perhaps one hundred yards.

    The Spartacus War

  • Heavy-armed legionaries and their supply wagons could not take that route, but light-armed rebels could.

    The Spartacus War

  • Spartacus used herdsmen to serve as scouts and light-armed troops andwho knows?

    The Spartacus War


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