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Meaning of platoon

pla•toon

Pronunciation: (plu-tn'), [key]
— n.
  1. a military unit consisting of two or more squads or sections and a headquarters.
  2. a small unit of a police force.
  3. a company or group of persons: a platoon of visitors.
  4. a group of players specially trained in one aspect of the game, as offense or defense, and used as a unit: a halfback on the offensive platoon.
—v.t.
    1. to use (a player) at a position in a game alternately with another player or players.
    2. to alternate (two different teams or units), as separate offensive and defensive squads.
—v.i.
    1. to alternate at a position with another player or players.
    2. to use players alternately at the same position.
    3. to alternate different teams.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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