1. A collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude.
That which should accompany old age --
As honor, love, obedience, troops of friends --
I must not look to have. --Shak.
2. Soldiers, collectively; an army; -- now generally used in the plural.
Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars. --Shak.
His troops moved to victory with the precision of machines. --Macaulay.
3. Mil. Specifically, a small body of cavalry, light horse, or dragoons, consisting usually of about sixty men, commanded by a captain; the unit of formation of cavalry, corresponding to the company in infantry. Formerly, also, a company of horse artillery; a battery.
4. A company of stageplayers; a troupe.
5. Mil. A particular roll of the drum; a quick march.
6. See Boy scout, above.
Troop, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trooped p. pr. & vb. n. Trooping.]
1. To move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops. “Armies . . . troop to their standard.”
2. To march on; to go forward in haste.
Nor do I, as an enemy to peace,
Troop in the throngs of military men. --Shak.
Troop, v. t.
To troop the colors or To troop the colours Mil., in the British army, to perform a ceremony consisting essentially in carrying the colors, accompanied by the band and escort, slowly before the troops drawn up in single file and usually in a hollow square, as in London on the sovereign's birthday.
n 1: a group of soldiers
2: a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
3: a unit of girl or boy scouts [syn: scout troop, scout
4: an orderly crowd; "a troop of children" [syn: flock]
v 1: march in a procession; "the veterans paraded down the
street" [syn: parade, promenade]
2: move or march as if in a crowd; "They children trooped into