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march Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the month following February and preceding April
  2. noun the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind)
    • it was a long march
    • we heard the sound of marching
  3. noun a steady advance
    • the march of science
    • the march of time
  4. noun a procession of people walking together
    • the march went up Fifth Avenue
  5. noun district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area
    marchland; border district; borderland.
    • the Welsh marches between England and Wales
  6. noun genre of music written for marching
    marching music.
    • Sousa wrote the best marches
  7. noun a degree granted for the successful completion of advanced study of architecture
    Master of Architecture.
  8. verb march in a procession
    • They processed into the dining room
  9. verb force to march
    • The Japanese marched their prisoners through Manchuria
  10. verb walk fast, with regular or measured steps; walk with a stride
    • He marched into the classroom and announced the exam
    • The soldiers marched across the border
  11. verb march in protest; take part in a demonstration
    • Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle
  12. verb walk ostentatiously
    exhibit; parade.
    • She parades her new husband around town
  13. verb cause to march or go at a marching pace
    • They marched the mules into the desert
  14. verb lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
    abut; edge; adjoin; butt; butt against; border; butt on.
    • Canada adjoins the U.S.
    • England marches with Scotland

March noun
L. Martius mensis Mars'month fr. Martius belonging to Mars, the god of war: cf. F. mars. Cf. Martial.
  1. The third month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
    The stormy March is come at last, With wind, and cloud, and changing skies. Bryant.
March noun
OE. marche, F. marche; of German origin; cf. OHG. marcha, G. mark, akin to OS. marka, AS. mearc, Goth. marka, L. margo edge, border, margin, and possibly to E. mark a sign. 106. Cf. Margin, Margrave, Marque, Marquis.
  1. 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.
    Geneva is situated in the marches of several dominions -- France, Savoy, and Switzerland. Fuller.
    Lords of waste marches, kings of desolate isles. Tennyson.
March intransitive verb
Cf. OF. marchir. See 2d March.
  1. To border; to be contiguous; to lie side by side. Obs.
    That was in a strange land Which marcheth upon Chimerie. Gower.
March intransitive verb
F. marcher, in OF. also, to tread, prob. fr. L. marcus hammer. Cf. Mortar.
imperfect & past participle Marched ; present participle & verbal noun Marching
  1. To move with regular steps, as a soldier; to walk in a grave, deliberate, or stately manner; to advance steadily. Shak.
  2. To proceed by walking in a body or in military order; as, the German army marched into France.
March transitive verb
  1. 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.
    March them again in fair array. Prior.
March noun
F. marche.
  1. The act of marching; a movement of soldiers from one stopping place to another; military progress; advance of troops.
    These troops came to the army harassed with a long and wearisome march. Bacon.
  2. Hence: Measured and regular advance or movement, like that of soldiers moving in order; stately or deliberate walk; steady onward movement.
    With solemn march Goes slow and stately by them. Shak.
    This happens merely because men will not bide their time, but will insist on precipitating the march of affairs. Buckle.
  3. The distance passed over in marching; as, an hour's march; a march of twenty miles.
  4. A piece of music designed or fitted to accompany and guide the movement of troops; a piece of music in the march form.
    The drums presently striking up a march. Knolles.

Webster 1913