Definition of regiment in English:

regiment

Syllabification: reg·i·ment

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈrejəmənt
 
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  • 1A permanent unit of an army typically commanded by a colonel and divided into several companies, squadrons, or batteries and often into two battalions: two or three miles inland a highly experienced artillery regiment had established a defensive position
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    • Commander of the regiment Lieutenant Colonel James Cowan said the deaths of the men were a painful blow but that the Black Watch would not be deterred from carrying out their fight against terrorists.
    • By this time, I had become the executive officer of the regiment, a lieutenant colonel and all that.
    • Hoon has signalled that he will not block plans to turn all 19 of the army's oldest free-standing regiments into battalions in regional super-regiments.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1An operational unit of artillery.
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    • Included in the tank groups of close infantry support were regiments of self-propelled artillery that were to follow the attacking tanks and support them with the fire from their cannons.
    • To accomplish this, the regiment can operate over a beach or through a port.
    • He visited the Royal College of Defence Studies in England, and in 1964 was commissioned to an artillery regiment as an officer.
  • 1.2A large array or number of people or things: a neat regiment of jars and bottles
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    • Yes, it was easy and unisex, but it was also wet, greasy, required a regiment of malodorous chemicals for upkeep and extensive processing, and looked just plain weird on most.
    • On the rim of one stands a regiment of demons, shoulder to shoulder, constantly using their pitchforks to smack down the sinners who are trying to escape.
    • Over the years our Dales Folk articles have highlighted a veritable regiment of people who, for one reason or another, have played an important part in Craven society.
  • 2 archaic Rule or government over a person, people, or country: the powers of ecclesiastical regiment which none but the Church should wield
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    • Hooker maintains that episcopacy is the norm for ecclesiastical regiment and all must be prepared to accept it and remain obedient to episcopal authority.
    • "Never underestimate that monstrous regiment of women ", I said.
    • Protestant reformer John Knox may be spinning in his grave, having famously hit out at ‘the monstrous regiment of women’.

verb

Pronunciation: /ˈrejəˌment
 
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[with object] (usually be regimented) Back to top  
  • 1Organize according to a strict, sometimes oppressive system or pattern: every aspect of their life is strictly regimented
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    • He organized a strictly regimented social order, with engineers and designers at the top and workers at the bottom.
    • Most of the system is regimented, from repetitive drills on communication skills to tutorials on software development.
    • In Richmond, Virginia's Chimborazo Hospital, male administrators used the clock to regiment sleep patterns and meal times.
    Synonyms
    organize, order, systematize, control, regulate, manage, discipline
  • 2 rare Form (troops) into a regiment or regiments.

Derivatives

regimentation

Pronunciation: /ˌrejəmənˈtāSHən, -ˌmen-/
noun
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  • With the regimentation of western armies from the 16th century onwards, military flags were codified into various types, each with their own special name.
  • The domestic consequence of this foreign policy is the regimentation and militarization of American life and the drift toward authoritarian rule.
  • Luke is placed in an isolated environment with strict rules, guards, and regimentation and his fiercely individualistic spirit immediately clashes.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'rule or government over a person, people, or country'): via Old French from late Latin regimentum 'rule', from regere 'to rule'.

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