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Meaning of military

mil•i•tar•y

Pronunciation: (mil'i-ter"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -tar•ies, -tar•y.
—adj.
  1. of, for, or pertaining to the army or armed forces, often as distinguished from the navy: from civilian to military life.
  2. of, for, or pertaining to war: military preparedness.
  3. of or pertaining to soldiers.
  4. befitting, characteristic of, or noting a soldier: a military bearing.
  5. following the life of a soldier: a military career.
  6. performed by soldiers: military duty.
—n.
  1. the bar, the press, and the military.
    1. the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
    2. military personnel, esp. commissioned officers, taken collectively:the bar, the press, and the military.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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