Definition of platoon in English:
- A platoon of soldiers stands at a checkpoint on a barren road in the middle of miles and miles of trackless desert.
- The heavy armored cavalry troop is organized with a troop headquarters, two scout platoons, two tank platoons, a mortar section, and a maintenance section.
- The third rifle platoon was committed to reinforce success on the right flank.
- Prosecutors are either too timid or outgunned by the platoons of pricey defense lawyers.
- Some suits already have been filed, and platoons of lawyers and other legal watchdogs are standing by in battleground states like Wisconsin just in case.
- I had my 9 a.m. acting class to teach to our platoon of body doubles.
- At the very least he might land one or more useful platoon players, or an everyday guy who can deliver league-average performance at bargain rates.
- And Cal Ripken, just days after learning he is a platoon player from here on out, hit his first 2001 homer.
- I like the Kent signing, think Valentin is okay as a platoon player, and am having hopefully not naive hopes that Perez is a player.
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- Expect Walker to handle the ball even more this season with the team platooning several players at point guard.
- Casey platooned Brown and Billy Johnson at third.
- Expect Iannetta to face a good number of southpaws, as the club would be best suited to platoon the position.
Mid 17th century: from French peloton 'platoon', literally 'small ball', diminutive of pelote.
pellet from Late Middle English:
Pellet is from Old French pelote ‘metal ball’, from a diminutive of Latin pila ‘ball’. Latin pila is also the source of pill, originally balls of medicine, and piles for haemorrhoids (both LME). Platoon is a less obvious relative. It comes from French peloton ‘platoon’, literally ‘small ball’. It captured the concept of a small body of foot soldiers acting as a closely organized unit.
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