Definitions for: Troop


[n] a group of soldiers
[n] a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
[n] an orderly crowd; "a troop of children"
[n] a unit of girl or boy scouts
[v] move or march as if in a crowd; "They children trooped into the room"
[v] march in a procession



Webster (1913) Definition: Troop, n.
See Boy scout, above.


Troop, v. t.

To troop the colors or colours (Mil.), in the British
army, to perform a ceremony consisting essentially in
carrying the colors, accompained by the band and escort,
slowly before the troops drawn up in single file and
usually in a hollow square, as in London on the
sovereign's birthday. Trooper Troop"er, n.
A mounted policeman. [Australia]

Note: The black troopers of Queensland are a regiment of
aboriginal police, employed chiefly for dispersing wild
aborigines who encroach on sheep runs.


Troop, n. [F. troupe, OF. trope, trupe, LL. troppus; of
uncertain origin; cf. Icel. [thorn]orp a hamlet, village, G.
dorf a village, dial. G. dorf a meeting. Norw. torp a little
farm, a crowd, E. thorp. Cf. Troupe.]
1. A collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude.

That which should accompany old age -- As honor,
love, obedience, troops of friends -- I must not
look to have. --Shak.

2. Soldiers, collectively; an army; -- now generally used in
the plural.

Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars. --Shak.

His troops moved to victory with the precision of
machines. --Macaulay.

3. (Mil.) Specifically, a small body of cavalry, light horse,
or dragoons, consisting usually of about sixty men,
commanded by a captain; the unit of formation of cavalry,
corresponding to the company in infantry. Formerly, also,
a company of horse artillery; a battery.

4. A company of stageplayers; a troupe. --W. Coxe.

5. (Mil.) A particular roll of the drum; a quick march.


Troop, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trooped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Trooping.]
1. To move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops.
``Armies . . . troop to their standard.'' --Milton.

2. To march on; to go forward in haste.

Nor do I, as an enemy to peace, Troop in the throngs
of military men. --Shak.

Synonyms: flock, parade, promenade, scout group, scout troop

See Also: army unit, cavalry, crowd, march, process, shock troops, social unit, unit

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Famous Quotes Containing Troop:


As the Pentagon makes plans for the largest troop rotation since World War II, I will work with the Armed Services Committee to help make this proposal a reality.

-- Mike Rogers ( -)

My brother Jim and I spent many wonderful summers working on dairy farms in Wisconsin owned by Mom's cousins, and as members of our local Boy Scout troop.

-- Peter Agre (American Scientist)

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms never never never!

-- William Pitt (British Leader)

Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I'll show you a poorly uniformed leader.

-- Robert Baden-Powell (English Soldier)

The process of my transformation came to a head with my discovery of St. Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage I went on with a scout troop from my school.

-- Abbe Pierre (French Clergyman)

I was in the Boy Scouts for about four years until my troop disbanded. It is really one of the best activities youths can get involved in and nearly every scout I have known has been a class act due to the discipline the Scouts have instilled in them.

-- Ted Stevens (American Politician)

In any case, decisions on troop levels in the American system of government are not made by any general or set of generals but by the civilian leadership of the war effort.

-- Bill Kristol (American Politician)

I was heartened to hear the President say that as we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels.

-- Howard Coble (American Politician)

Our moral authority is as important, if not more important, than our troop strength or our high-tech weapons. We are rapidly losing that moral authority, not only in the Arab world but all over the world.

-- Robert Reich (American Economist)

My wife volunteered her services as Red Cross nurse, insisting upon being sent to the front, in order to be as near me as could be, but it developed later that no nurse was allowed to go farther than the large troop hospitals far in the rear of the actual operations.

-- Fritz Kreisler (Austrian Composer)


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