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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile the king took a squadron of cavalry and light-armed troops down into the plain to see the battlefield for himself.
He himself took the light-armed soldiers and headed up the steepest road to reach Hyrcania first.
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.
But not by stealth, in double force against light-armed men expecting no danger.
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.
Heavy-armed legionaries and their supply wagons could not take that route, but light-armed rebels could.
Spartacus used herdsmen to serve as scouts and light-armed troops andwho knows?