What does the word platoon mean?

Usage examples for platoon

  1. This was his first experience in cavalry discipline; and I infer that the men in the front rank of the platoon, which I commanded, hoped it might be his last entry; for it must have been most emphatically evident to those who followed him that he was determined to introduce a new system of tactics, in which heels were to go up in no gentle manner at every change of movement. – Three Years in the Federal Cavalry by Willard Glazier
  2. The gun I was to handle was an old- model Terran Federation Army infantry- platoon accompanying gun. – Four-Day Planet by Henry Beam Piper
  3. He adds: A lieutenant once spoke to me after an action, saying that when he was leading his platoon back from the battle one of his privates asked him a question. – Seeing Things at Night by Heywood Broun