extended order

noun
a military formation for skirmishing; as widely separated as the tactical situation permits
Hypernyms: ↑military formation

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noun
: an arrangement of troops for skirmishing not in exact formation or at fixed intervals but usually as widely separated as the tactical situation and the terrain permit — distinguished from close order

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1. an irregular formation of troops to suit the tactical requirements and the terrain.
2. See open order.

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