1. Of or pertaining to soldiers, to arms, or to war; belonging to, engaged in, or appropriate to, the affairs of war; as, a military parade; military discipline; military bravery; military conduct; military renown.
Nor do I, as an enemy to peace,
Troop in the throngs of military men. --Shak.
2. Performed or made by soldiers; as, a military election; a military expedition.
Military law. See Martial law, under Martial.
Military order. a A command proceeding from a military superior. (b) An association of military persons under a bond of certain peculiar rules; especially, such an association of knights in the Middle Ages, or a body in modern times taking a similar form, membership of which confers some distinction.
Military tenure, tenure of land, on condition of performing military service.
Mil·i·ta·ry, n. The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; troops; the army.
adj 1: of or relating to the study of the principles of warfare;
2: characteristic of or associated with soldiers or the
military; "military uniforms" [ant: unmilitary]
3: associated with or performed by armed services as contrasted
with civilians; "military police" [ant: civilian]
n : the military forces of a nation; "their military is the
largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same
one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker" [syn: armed
forces, armed services, military machine, war