from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A permanent army maintained in time of peace and war.
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- noun A
professionalpermanent armycomposed of full-timecareer soldiers, and not disbandedduring times of peace.
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- noun a permanent army of paid soldiers
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