standing army

noun
a permanent army of paid soldiers
Hypernyms: ↑army, ↑regular army, ↑ground forces

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noun
Etymology: standing (I)
: a permanently organized army of paid soldiers — compare militia

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a permanently organized military force maintained by a nation.
[1595-1605]

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standing army UK US noun [countable] [singular standing army plural standing armies]
a professional army that a country has all the time, not just in a war
Thesaurus: armed forces and armieshyponym

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standing army,
1. the regular army, as a permanently organized military force.
2. an army, or that part of it, which is under arms and ready for immediate action, especially in time of peace, and usually including reservists and conscripts as well as members of the regular army.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Standing army — Standing Stand ing, a. 1. Remaining erect; not cut down; as, standing corn. [1913 Webster] 2. Not flowing; stagnant; as, standing water. [1913 Webster] 3. Not transitory; not liable to fade or vanish; lasting; as, a standing color. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Standing army — Army Ar my, n. [F. arm[ e]e, fr. L. armata, fem. of armatus, p. p. of armare to arm. Cf. {Armada}.] 1. A collection or body of men armed for war, esp. one organized in companies, battalions, regiments, brigades, and divisions, under proper… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • standing army — noun count a professional army that a country has all the time, not just in a war …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • standing army — n. an army maintained on a permanent basis, in peacetime as well as in time of war …   English World dictionary

  • Standing army — A standing army is an army composed of full time career soldiers who stand over , in other words, who do not disband during times of peace. They differ from army reserves who are activated only during such times as war or natural disasters.… …   Wikipedia

  • standing army — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms standing army : singular standing army plural standing armies a professional army that a country has all the time, not just in a war …   English dictionary

  • standing army — regular army, permanent army …   English contemporary dictionary

  • standing army — /stændɪŋ ˈami/ (say standing ahmee) noun a permanently organised military force kept up by a nation …   Australian English dictionary

  • standing army — noun Date: 1603 a permanent army of paid soldiers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • standing army — noun (C) a professional, permanent army, rather than one that has been formed for a war …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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