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- n. A person taken by or surrendering to enemy forces in wartime.
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- n. A soldier or combatant who is captured by the enemy. Abbreviations POW, PW.
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- n. a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war
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Napoleon in 1796, Kisfaludy was sent a prisoner of war to France, and confined in Provence, but was given his freedom the same year, went to Klagenfurt, and from there was transferred to the Wallis regiment and sent to Wuertemberg.
It was therefore urged in his behalf that, as he had not been a prisoner of war in the ordinary sense, his commission should be ante-dated to 1804.
Unlike any others in his squad, he had many years ago spent time as a prisoner of war on the contested world of Nura.
Next, James L. Kemper had been exchanged as a prisoner of war but was so much weakened by the wound received at Gettysburg that he had been assigned to command the Virginia reserves.
I was out in Malaya, you know, Mr Strachan, and I was a sort of prisoner of war for three and a half years.
According to General Moultrie, then a prisoner of war on parole in Charleston, This defeat . . . chagrined and disappointed the British officers and Tories exceedingly. . .
Several groups of grenadiers that Ernst.had commandeered were employed to secure the airfield, as were the airfield's antiaircraft guns, which were now a part of Battle Group Ernst. Ernst.was especially concerned about the nearby prisoner of war camp, which housed about thirty thousand Russians.
What this means is, that here in our American democracy the Catholic Church is a rebel; a prisoner of war who bides his time, watching for the moment to rise in revolt, and meantime making no secret of his intentions.