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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A permanent army maintained in time of peace and war.

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  • n. A professional permanent army composed of full-time career soldiers, and not disbanded during times of peace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See Standing army, under Army.
  • n. a permanent army of professional soldiers, as distinguished from militia or volunteers.

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

  • n. a permanent army of paid soldiers

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