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.]
Reg·i·ment v. t. [imp. & p. p. Regimented; p. pr. & vb. n. Regimenting.]
1. To form into a regiment or into regiments.
2. To form into classified units or bodies; to systematize according to classes, districts or the like.
The people are organized or regimented into bodies, and special functions are relegated to the several units. --J. W. Powell.
n : army unit smaller than a division
v 1: subject to rigid discipline, order, and systematization;
"regiment one's children"
2: form (military personnel) into a regiment
3: assign to a regiment; "regiment soldiers"