HyperDic: armed_forces

English > 1 sense of the expression armed forces:
NOUNgrouparmed forces, military, armed services, military machine, war machinethe military forces of a nation
English > armed forces: 1 sense > noun 1, group
MeaningThe military forces of a nation.
Synonymsmilitary, armed services, military machine, war machine
Category ofArmy Intelligence, AIAn agency of the United States Army responsible / responsible for providing timely and relevant and accurate and synchronized intelligence to tactical and operational and strategic level commanders
Army National Guard, ARNGA civilian reserve component of the United States Army comprised of guardsmen who serve during overseas peacekeeping missions and during local emergencies
B-52United States military aircraft
Defense Intelligence Agency, DIAAn intelligence agency of the United States in the Department of Defense
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint ChiefsThe executive agency that advises the President on military questions
Marine, devil dog, leatherneck, shipboard soldierA member of the United States Marine Corps
MarinesMembers of a body of troops trained to serve on land or at sea
National Guard, home reserveUnited States military reserves recruited by the states and equipped by the federal government
Navy SEAL, SEALA member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare
PentagonThe United States military establishment
Section EightA soldier who received a Section Eight discharge as unfit for military service
United States Army, US Army, U. S. Army, Army, USAThe army of the United States of America
United States Army RangersA specially trained elite unit of the United States Army
United States Military Academy, US Military AcademyA school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Army
West PointUnited States Army installation on the west bank of Hudson river to the north of New York City
absence without leave, unauthorized absenceunauthorized military absence
accoutered, accoutredProvided with necessary articles of equipment for a specialized purpose (especially military)
activated(military) set up and placed on active assignment
active, combat-ready, fightingEngaged in or ready for military or naval operations
adjutant, aide, aide-de-campAn officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
air attacheA military attache who is a commissioned or warrant officer in an air force
air base, air stationA base for military aircraft
air coverThe use of military aircraft to provide protection against attack by enemy / enemy aircraft during ground or naval operations
air force, airforceThe airborne branch of a country's armed forces
air force academyAn academy for training air force officers
air unitA military unit that is part of the airforce
amphibious landingA military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion
amphibious operationA military operation by both land and sea forces
armamentweaponry used by military or naval force
armed(used of persons or the military) characterized by having or bearing arms
armor, armourA military unit consisting of armored fighting vehicles
armored, armouredprotected by armor (used of persons or things military)
armored car, armoured carA military combat vehicle on wheels with light armor (and usually a machine gun)
armored personnel carrier, armoured personnel carrier, APC(military) an armored vehicle (usually equipped with caterpillar treads) that is used to transport / transport infantry
army, regular army, ground forcesA permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
army attacheA military attache who is a commissioned or warrant officer in an army
army engineer, military engineerA member of the military who is trained in engineering / engineering and construction work
army officerAn officer in the armed forces
army unitA military unit that is part of an army
arsenal, armory, armouryA military structure where arms and ammunition and other military equipment are stored and training is given in the use of arms
artillery, artillery unitAn army unit that uses big guns
assaultClose fighting during the culmination of a military attack
assault rifle, assault gunAny of the automatic rifles or semiautomatic rifles with large magazines designed for military use
attack, onslaught, onset, onrush(military) an offensive against an enemy / enemy (using weapons)
attack submarineA military submarine designed and armed to attack enemy / enemy shipping
attentionA motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together
aviation, air powerThe aggregation of a country's military aircraft
bandsmanA player in a band (especially a military band)
barrackA building or group of buildings used to house military personnel
base, base of operationsinstallation from which a military force initiates operations
basic trainingThe initial period of training for new military personnel
batterygroup of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place
battle, conflict, fight, engagementA hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
battle damage, combat casualtyLoss of military equipment in battle
battle dressA military uniform designed for field service
battle lineThe line along which warring troops meet
billetlodging for military personnel (especially in a private home)
blitz, blitzkriegA swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment
blockade, encirclementA war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy / enemy
bomberA military aircraft that drops bombs during flight
boot campcamp for training military recruits
brass hatA high-ranking military officer
breakmake a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
briefingDetailed instructions, as for a military operation
cadet, plebeA military trainee (as at a military academy)
caissonA two-wheeled military vehicle carrying artillery ammunition
call upAn order to report for military duty
camp, encampment, cantonment, bivouactemporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers
campaign, military campaignSeveral related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)
captain, skipperThe naval officer in command of a military ship
captainAn officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
casualtyA decrease of military personnel or equipment
casualtysomeone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement
cavalryA highly mobile / mobile army unit
cavalry, horse cavalry, horsetroops trained to fight on horseback
centerThe middle of a military or naval formation
chevron, stripe, stripes, grade insigniaV-shaped sleeve badge indicating military rank and service
chief of staffThe senior officer of a service of the armed forces
chief petty officerA person with the senior noncommissioned naval rank
chow lineA queue of people waiting for food to be served (especially at a military camp)
close-order drill(military) military drill of troops / troops in standard marching (shoulder-to-shoulder)
close orderA military formation for drill or marching
coastguardA military service responsible for the safety of maritime traffic in coastal waters
collateral damage(euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations
colonelA commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
color bearer, standard-bearerThe soldier who carries the standard of the unit in military parades or in battle
columnA line of units following one after another
combat, armed combatAn engagement fought between two military forces
combat pilotairplane pilot who fights in an action between two military forces
combat zone, combat areaA military area where combat forces operate
combined operationA military operation carried out cooperatively by two or more allied nations or a military operation carried out by coordination of sea, land, and air forces
commandA military unit or region under the control of a single officer
command post, general headquarters, GHQmilitary headquarters from which a military commander controls and organizes the forces
commanderA commissioned naval officer who ranks above a lieutenant commander and below a captain
commanding officer, commandant, commanderAn officer in command of a military unit
commandoAn amphibious military unit trained for raids into enemy territory
commando, rangerA member of a military unit trained as shock troops for hit-and-run raids
commissaryA retail store that sells equipment and provisions / provisions (usually to military personnel)
commission, military commissionAn official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
commissioned military officerA commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
commissioned naval officerA commissioned officer in the navy
commissioned officerA military officer holding a commission
commodoreA commissioned naval officer who ranks above a captain and below a rear admiral
companysmall military unit
compassionate leave(military) leave granted in an emergency such as family sickness or death
conscription, muster, draft, selective servicecompulsory military service
contingent, detailA temporary military unit
countermarch(military) a march in the reverse direction or back along the same route
countermine(military) a tunnel dug to defeat similar activities by the enemy / enemy
court-martialA trial that is conducted by a military court
court-martialA military court to try members of the armed services who are accused of serious breaches of martial law
damage, equipment casualtyLoss of military equipment
deactivation, inactivationBreaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
defense, defence, defensive measure(military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies / enemies
defense contractorA contractor concerned with the development and manufacture of systems of defense
demonstrationA show of military force or preparedness
deserter, defectorA person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)
desk officerA military officer who is not assigned to active duty
detachseparate (a small unit) from a larger, especially for a special assignment
disengagement, fallback, pulloutTo break off a military action with an enemy / enemy
draftee, conscript, inducteesomeone who is drafted into military service
dress uniformA military uniform worn on formal occasions
dressing station, aid station(military) a station located near a combat area for giving first aid to the wounded
drill(military) the training of soldiers to march (as in ceremonial parades) or to perform the manual of arms
drill master, drill instructorA noncommissioned officer who instructs recruits in military marching and discipline / discipline
drop zone, dropping zoneAn agreed area where military supplies are dropped to ground troops
drumbeat(military) the beating of a drum as a signal for lowering the flag at sundown
drumhead court-martialA military court convened to hear urgent charges of offenses committed in action
echelonA body of troops arranged in a line
effectiveReady for service
electronic warfare, EWmilitary action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum
emplacementmilitary installation consisting of a prepared position for siting a weapon
enemy, foe, foeman, oppositionAn armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)
ensignA person who holds a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard
executive officerThe officer second in command
expedition, military expedition, hostile expeditionA military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
expeditionary(used of military forces) designed for military operations abroad
extended orderA military formation for skirmishing
fatigue duty, fatiguelabor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on)
fatiguesmilitary uniform worn by military personnel when doing menial labor
field, field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operationsA region in which active military operations are in progress
field-grade officer, field officer, FOAn officer holding the rank of major or lieutenant ... / lieutenant colonel or colonel
field day(military) a day for military exercises and display
field hospitalA temporary military hospital near the battle lines
field marshalAn officer holding the highest rank in the army
fighter, fighter aircraft, attack aircraftA high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy / enemy aircraft in the air
fighter pilotA military or naval pilot of fighter planes
fire control radarnaval radar that controls the delivery of fire on a military target
fire control systemnaval weaponry consisting of a system for controlling the delivery of fire on a military target
firepower(military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target
firing squad, firing partyA squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military execution
flag officerA senior naval officer above the rank of captain
flag rankThe rank of a flag officer
flank, wingThe side of military or naval formation
flankerA soldier who is a member of a detachment assigned to guard the flanks of a military formation
flyover, fly-by, flypastA flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
foreign aidAid (such as economic or military assistance) provided to one nation by another
friendlytroops / troops belonging to or allied with your own military forces
full-dress uniformThe naval or military uniform that is specified by regulations to be worn on ceremonial occasions
garrison, fortA fortified military post where troops / troops are stationed
garrisonThe troops who maintain and guard a fortified place
gas shell(military) bomb consisting of an explosive projectile filled with a toxic gas that is released when the bomb explodes
general, full generalA general officer of the highest rank
general officerofficers in the Army or Air Force or Marines above the rank of colonel
general staffmilitary officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy
generalshipThe leadership ability of a military general
guardhouseA military facility that serves as the headquarters for military police and in which military prisoners can be detained
gunThe discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ... / military ceremonies
gun roommilitary quarters of midshipmen and junior officers on a British warship
half trackA motor vehicle propelled by half tracks
hardwaremajor items of military weaponry (as tanks or missile)
headThe front of a military formation or procession
headquarters, HQ, military headquartersThe military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command
headquarters(plural) a military unit consisting of a commander and the headquarters staff
headquarters staffmilitary staff stationed at headquarters
high command, supreme headquartersThe highest leaders in an organization (e.g. the commander-in-chief and senior officers of the military)
home guardA volunteer unit formed to defend the homeland while the regular army is fighting elsewhere
horse cavalryAn army unit mounted on horseback
hospital trainA military train built to transport / transport wounded troops to a hospital
hostiletroops belonging to the enemy's military forces
hut, army hut, field huttemporary military shelter
hutment(chiefly military) an encampment of huts
infantry, footAn army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot
infiltrationA process in which individuals (or small groups) penetrate an area (especially the military penetration of enemy positions without detection)
insignia of rankAn insignia worn on a military uniform
inspector generalA military officer responsible for investigations
inter-service supportaction by one military service to provide logistic (or administrative) support to another military service
issue, military issue, government issueSupplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
judge advocateA staff officer serving as legal adviser to a military commander
judge advocateAn officer assigned to the judge advocate general
judge advocate generalThe senior legal advisor to a branch of the military
latrineA public toilet in a military area
lieutenantA commissioned military officer
lieutenantAn officer holding a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard
lieutenant colonel, light colonelA commissioned officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines holding a rank above major and below colonel
lieutenant commanderA commissioned officer in the Navy ranking above a lieutenant and below a commander
lieutenant generalA general officer ranking above a major general and below a full general
lieutenant junior grade, lieutenant JGAn officer holding a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or United States Coast Guard
lineA fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
line of battleA line formed by troops or ships prepared to deliver or receive an attack
logistic assessmentA judgment of the logistic support required for some particular military operation
logistic support, logistic assistanceAssistance between and within military commands
majorA commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines
major-generalA general officer ranking above a brigadier general and below a lieutenant general
maneuver, manoeuvre, simulated military operationA military training exercise
manual of arms, manual(military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
marine engineer, naval engineerA naval officer responsible for the operation / operation and maintenance of the ship's engines
marshal, marshall(in some countries) a military officer of highest rank
martial lawThe body of law imposed by the military over civilian affairs (usually in time of war or civil crisis)
materiel, equipageequipment and supplies of a military force
mechanized cavalryAn armored unit of a modern army equipped with motor vehicles
mess, mess hallA (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax
messeat in a mess hall
midshipmanA temporary rank held by young naval officers in training
militainmententertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated
military academyAn academy for training military officers
military action, actionA military engagement
military adviser, military advisorA military officer who serves as an adviser to the troops of an allied nation
military capability, military strength, strength, military posture, posturecapability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
military censorshipAll types of censorship conducted by personnel of the armed forces
military ceremonyA military custom / custom performed in observance of some event or anniversary
military ceremonyA formal ceremony performed by military personnel
military chaplain, padre, Holy Joe, sky pilotA chaplain in one of the military services
military courtA judicial court of commissioned officers for the discipline and punishment of military personnel
military drilltraining in marching and the use of weapons
military formationA formation of troops
military hospitalhospital for soldiers and other military personnel
military installationAny facility servicing military forces
military intelligenceInformation about the armed forces of another country that is useful in planning and conducting military policy or military operations
military lawThe body of laws and rules of conduct administered by military courts for the discipline, trial, and punishment of military personnel
military leaderA leader of military forces
military officer, officerAny person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command
military personnel, soldiery, troopssoldiers collectively
military police, MPA military corps that enforces discipline / discipline and guards prisoners
military policeman, MPA member of the military police who polices soldiers and guards prisoners
military position, positionA point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
military post, postmilitary installation at which a body of troops / troops is stationed
military quartersliving quarters for personnel on a military post
military rank, military rating, paygrade, ratingrank in a military organization
military reserve, reservearmed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
military scienceThe discipline dealing with the principles of warfare
military service, armed service, serviceA force that is a branch of the armed forces
military trainingtraining soldiers in military procedures
military uniformPrescribed identifying uniform for soldiers
military unit, military force, military group, forceA unit that is part of some military service
military vehiclevehicle used by the armed forces
militia, reservescivilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
militiaThe entire body of physically fit civilians eligible by law for military service
minefieldA region in which explosives mines have been placed
minute gun(military) gun / gun that is discharged once every minute (usually as part of a military funeral)
mission, military missionAn operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters
musketrymusketeers and their muskets collectively
musterA gathering of military personnel for duty
muster callA call of the names of personnel at a military assembly
muster rollA list of names of officers and men in a military unit or ship's company
national servicecompulsory service in the military during peacetime
naval academyAn academy for training naval officers
naval attacheA military attache who is a commissioned or warrant officer in a navy
naval commandernaval officer in command of a fleet of warships
naval installation, shore stationmilitary installation servicing naval forces
naval officerAn officer in the navy
naval unitA military unit that is part of a navy
navy, naval forcesAn organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare
navy yard, naval shipyardA military shipyard
noncommissioned officer, noncom, enlisted officerA military officer appointed from enlisted / enlisted personnel
nonoperational, inactive(military) not involved in military operations
nuclear deterrenceThe military doctrine that an enemy / enemy will be deterred from using nuclear weapons as long as he can be destroyed as a consequence
occupation, military controlThe control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
occupierA member of a military force who is residing in a conquered foreign country
olive drab, olive-drab uniformmilitary uniform of the United States Army
open orderA military formation leaving enough space between ranks to allow an inspecting officer to pass
operation, military operationActivity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)
operational(military) of or intended for or involved in military operations
operational damage, operational casualtyLoss of military equipment in field / field operations
order(often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
outpostA military post stationed at a distance from the main body of troops
paratroopsinfantry trained and equipped to parachute
pass, liberty chitA permit to enter or leave a military installation
pass(military) a written leave of absence
peacekeeperA member of a military force that is assigned (often with international sanction) to preserve peace in a trouble area
peacekeeping, peacekeeping mission, peacekeeping operationThe activity of keeping the peace by military forces (especially when international military forces enforce a truce between hostile groups or nations)
personnel carrierA military vehicle (usually armored) for transporting / transporting military personnel and their equipment
personnel casualty, lossmilitary personnel lost by death or capture
phalanxA body of troops in close array
picketA vehicle performing sentinel duty
platform, weapons platformAny military structure or vehicle bearing weapons
platoonA military unit that is a subdivision of a company
police actionA local military action without declaration of war
provost courtA military court for trying people charged with minor offenses in an occupied area
provost marshalThe supervisor of the military police
psychological operation, psyopmilitary actions designed to influence the perceptions and attitudes of individuals, groups, and foreign governments
pullback(military) the act of pulling back (especially an orderly withdrawal of troops)
quarter, billet, cantonProvide housing for (military personnel)
quarteringliving accommodations (especially those assigned to military personnel)
rank and file, rankThe ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted / enlisted soldiers of an army)
readiness, preparedness, preparationThe state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)
rearThe back of a military formation or procession
rearguardA detachment assigned to protect the rear of a (retreating) military body
reconnaissance planeA military airplane used to gain information about an enemy / enemy
reconnaissance vehicle, scout carfast armored military vehicle with four-wheel drive and open top
redoubt(military) a temporary or supplementary fortification
regimentalsThe military uniform and insignia of a regiment
regular(used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by legitimate army forces
reservistA member of a military reserve
resistanceThe military action of resisting the enemy's / enemy's advance
retreat(military) withdrawal of troops to a more favorable position to escape the enemy's / enemy's superior forces or after a defeat
retreat(military) a bugle call signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset / sunset
retreat(military) a signal to begin a withdrawal from a dangerous position
reveille, wake-up signal(military) signal to wake up
rocket baseA military base for rocket missiles
salient(military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy
salute, military greetingA formal military gesture of respect
sapperA military engineer who lays or detects and disarms mines
sea powernaval strength
sectorA portion of a military position
serviceman, military man, man, military personnelsomeone who serves in the armed forces
shore patrolThe military police of the navy
sick call, sick paradeThe daily military formation at which individuals report to the medical officer as sick
siege, besieging, beleaguering, military blockadeThe action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
silomilitary installation consisting of an underground structure where ballistic missiles can be stored and fired
slacker, shirkerA person who shirks / shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
smoke screen, smokescreen(military) screen consisting of a cloud of smoke that obscures movements
sniper rifle, precision rifleAn extremely powerful rifle developed for the military
sortie, sallyA military action in which besieged troops / troops burst forth from their position
sortie(military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)
spearheadThe leading military unit in an attack
spit and polishCareful attention to order and appearance (as in the military)
sprogA new military recruit
spy, undercover agent(military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
square-bashingDrill on a barracks square
staff officerA commissioned officer assigned to a military commander's staff
staging areaAn area where troops and equipment in transit are assembled before a military operation
standdown, stand-down(military) a temporary stop of offensive military action
standing armyA permanent army of paid soldiers
strategic warning(military) a warning prior to the start of a threatening act
strategyThe branch of military science dealing with military command and the planning and conduct of a war
strikersomeone receiving intensive training for a naval technical rating
stripeA piece of braid, usually on the sleeve, indicating military rank or length of service
subalternA British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain
support, reinforcement, reenforcementA military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission
tactical warning(military) a warning after the initiation of a hostile act
tacticsThe branch of military science dealing with detailed maneuvers to achieve objectives set by strategy
tank, army tank, armored combat vehicle, armoured combat vehicleAn enclosed armored military vehicle
taps, lights-out(military) signal to turn the lights out
task forceA temporary military unit formed to accomplish a particular objective
tattooA drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters
territorial, territorial reserveA territorial military unit
territorialnonprofessional soldier member of a territorial military unit
transport shipA ship for carrying soldiers or military equipment
trip wireA small military force that serves as a first line of defense
troop carrier, troop transportAny land or sea or air vehicle designed to carry troops / troops
troop movementmovement of military units to a new location
umbrellaA formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets
unarmed(used of persons or the military) not having or using arms
unarmored, unarmoured(used of persons or things military) without protective armor
volunteer, military volunteer, voluntary(military) a person who freely enlists for service
war, warfareThe waging of armed conflict against an enemy / enemy
war gameA simulation of a military operation intended to train military commanders or to demonstrate a situation or to test a proposed strategy
war zoneA combat zone where military operations are coordinated (especially a designated area in international waters where the rights of neutrals are not respected by nations at war)
wardroommilitary quarters for dining and recreation / recreation for officers of a warship (except the captain)
warning of attackA warning to national policy makers that an enemy / enemy intends to launch an attack in the near future
warning of warA warning to national policy makers that an enemy / enemy intends war or is preparing for war and is on a course that increases the risk of war
warplane, military planeAn aircraft designed and used for combat
warrant officerholds rank by virtue of a warrant
warship, war vessel, combat shipA government ship that is available for waging war
weapon of mass destruction, WMD, W.M.D.A weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
weapons carriermilitary vehicle that is a light truck designed to carry mortars or machine guns and their crews
weekend warriorA reservist who fulfills the military obligation / obligation on weekends
wingA unit of military aircraft
wound, injury, combat injuryA casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
MemberscadreA nucleus of military personnel capable of expansion
medical officer, medicA medical practitioner in the armed forces
Narrowermilitary reserve, reservearmed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
Broaderforce, personnelgroup of people willing / willing to obey orders
Spanishejército, FAS, fuerzas armadas, las fuerzas armadas
Catalanexèrcit, forces armades

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