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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Reg·i·ment n.
 1. Government; mode of ruling; rule; authority; regimen. [Obs.] --Spenser. Regiment of health.” --Bacon.
 But what are kings, when regiment is gone,
 But perfect shadows in a sunshine day?   --Marlowe.
    The law of nature doth now require of necessity some kind of regiment.   --Hocker.
 2. A region or district governed. [Obs.]
 3. Mil. A body of men, either horse, foot, or artillery, commanded by a colonel, and consisting of a number of companies, usually ten.
 Note:In the British army all the artillery are included in one regiment, which (reversing the usual practice) is divided into brigades.
 Regiment of the line Mil., a regiment organized for general service; -- in distinction from those (as the Life Guards) whose duties are usually special. [Eng.]