from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To walk steadily and rhythmically forward in step with others.
- intransitive v. To begin to move in such a manner: The troops will march at dawn.
- intransitive v. To proceed directly and purposefully: marched in and demanded to see the manager.
- intransitive v. To progress steadily onward; advance: Time marches on.
- intransitive v. To be arranged in an orderly fashion that suggests steady rhythmical progression.
- intransitive v. To participate in an organized walk, as for a public cause.
- transitive v. To cause to move or otherwise progress in a steady rhythmical manner: march soldiers into battle; marched us off to the dentist.
- transitive v. To traverse by progressing steadily and rhythmically: They marched the route in a day.
- n. The act of marching, especially:
- n. The steady forward movement of a body of troops.
- n. A long tiring journey on foot.
- n. Steady forward movement or progression: the march of time.
- n. A regulated pace: quick march; slow march.
- n. The distance covered within a certain period of time by moving or progressing steadily and rhythmically: a week's march away.
- n. Music A composition in regularly accented, usually duple meter that is appropriate to accompany marching.
- n. An organized walk or procession by a group of people for a specific cause or issue.
- idiom on the march Advancing steadily; progressing: Technology is on the march.
- idiom steal a march on To get ahead of, especially by quiet enterprise.
- n. The border or boundary of a country or an area of land; a frontier.
- n. A tract of land bordering on two countries and claimed by both.
- intransitive v. To have a common boundary: England marches with Scotland.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A formal, rhythmic way of walking, used especially by soldiers, bands and in ceremonies.
- n. A political rally or parade
- n. Any song in the genre of music written for marching (see Wikipedia's article on this type of music)
- n. Steady forward movement or progression.
- n. Smallage.
- v. To walk with long, regular strides, as a soldier does.
- v. To go to war; to make military advances.
- n. A border region, especially one originally set up to defend a boundary.
- n. A region at a frontier governed by a marquess.
- n. The name for any of various territories in Europe having etymologically cognate names in their native languages.
- v. To have common borders or frontiers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The third month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
- n. A territorial border or frontier; a region adjacent to a boundary line; a confine; -- used chiefly in the plural, and in English history applied especially to the border land on the frontiers between England and Scotland, and England and Wales.
- intransitive v. To border; to be contiguous; to lie side by side.
- intransitive v. To move with regular steps, as a soldier; to walk in a grave, deliberate, or stately manner; to advance steadily.
- intransitive v. To proceed by walking in a body or in military order.
- transitive v. To cause to move with regular steps in the manner of a soldier; to cause to move in military array, or in a body, as troops; to cause to advance in a steady, regular, or stately manner; to cause to go by peremptory command, or by force.
- n. The act of marching; a movement of soldiers from one stopping place to another; military progress; advance of troops.
- n. Hence: Measured and regular advance or movement, like that of soldiers moving in order; stately or deliberate walk; steady onward movement.
- n. The distance passed over in marching
- n. A piece of music designed or fitted to accompany and guide the movement of troops; a piece of music in the march form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A frontier or boundary of a territory; a border; hence, a borderland; a district or political division of a country conterminous with the boundary-line of another country.
- To constitute a march or border; be bordering; lie continuously parallel and contiguous; abut.
- To dwell adjacent; neighbor.
- To walk with measured steps, or with a steady regular tread; move in a deliberate, stately manner; step with regularity, earnestness, or gravity: often used trivially, as in the expression, he marched off angrily.
- Specifically, to walk with concerted steps in regular or measured time, as a body or a member of a body of soldiers or a procession; move in uniform order and time; step together in ranks.
- To move in military order, as a body of troops; advance in a soldierly manner: as, in the morning the regiment marched; they marched twenty miles.
- To cause to move in military order, or in a body or regular procession: as, to march an army to the battle-field.
- To cause to go anywhere at one's command and under one's guidance: as, the policeman marched his prisoner to the lockup.
- n. A measured and uniform walk or concerted and orderly movement of a body of men, as soldiers; a regular advance of a body of men, in which they keep time with each other and sometimes with music; stately and deliberate walk; steady or labored progression: used figuratively in regard to poetry, from its rhythm resembling the measured harmonious stepping of soldiery.
- n. An advance from one halting-place to another, as of a body of soldiers or travelers; the distance passed over in a single course of marching; a military journey of a body of troops: as, a march of twenty miles.
- n. Progressive advancement; progress; regular course.
- n. A military signal to move, consisting of a particular drum-beat or bugle-call.
- n. In music, a strongly rhythmical composition designed to accompany marching or to imitate a march-movement.
- n. In weaving, one of the short laths placed across the treadles beneath the shafts of a loom.
- n. In the game of euchre, a taking of all five tricks by one side.
- n. The third month of our year, consisting of thirty-one days.
- n. The celery plant, Apium graveolens, and parsley, Petroselinum Petroselinum. Also merch.
- n. An abbreviation of Marchioness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area
- n. the month following February and preceding April
- v. walk fast, with regular or measured steps; walk with a stride
- v. march in a procession
- n. a procession of people walking together
- v. march in protest; take part in a demonstration
- v. walk ostentatiously
- v. lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
- n. a steady advance
- v. cause to march or go at a marching pace
- n. a degree granted for the successful completion of advanced study of architecture
- n. the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)
- n. genre of music written for marching
- v. force to march
Middle English marchen, from Old French marchier, from Frankish *markōn, to mark out.
Middle English, from Old French marche, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English marchen from Middle French marcher ("to march, to walk"), from Old French marchier ("to stride, to march, to trample"), from Frankish *to mark, mark out, to press with the foot, from Proto-Germanic *markō, from Proto-Indo-European *mereg- (“edge, boundary”). Akin to Old English mearc, ġemearc "mark, boundary". (Wiktionary)
From Middle English marche ("tract of land along a country's border"), from Old French marche ("boundary, frontier"), from Frankish *marka, from Proto-Germanic *markō, from Proto-Indo-European *mereg- (“edge, boundary”). (Wiktionary)