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Webster 1913 Edition


Soldier

Sol′dier

,
Noun.
[OE.
souldier
,
soudiour
,
souder
, OF.
soldier
,
soldoier
,
soldeier
,
sodoier
,
soudoier
,
soudier
, fr. L.
solidus
a piece of money (hence applied to the pay of a soldier), fr.
solidus
solid. See
Solid
, and cf.
Sold
,
Noun.
]
1.
One who is engaged in military service as an officer or a private; one who serves in an army; one of an organized body of combatants.
I am a
soldier
and unapt to weep.
Shakespeare
2.
Especially, a private in military service, as distinguished from an officer.
It were meet that any one, before he came to be a captain, should have been a
soldier
.
Spenser.
3.
A brave warrior; a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor; – used by way of emphasis or distinction.
Shak.
4.
(Zool.)
The red or cuckoo gurnard (
Trigla pini
.)
[Prov. Eng.]
5.
(Zool.)
One of the asexual polymorphic forms of white ants, or termites, in which the head and jaws are very large and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest. See
Termite
.
Soldier beetle
(Zool.)
,
an American carabid beetle (
Chauliognathus Americanus
) whose larva feeds upon other insects, such as the plum curculio.
Soldier bug
(Zool.)
,
any hemipterous insect of the genus
Podisus
and allied genera, as the spined
soldier bug
(
Podius spinosus
). These bugs suck the blood of other insects.
Soldier crab
(Zool.)
(a)
The hermit crab.
(b)
The fiddler crab.
Soldier fish
(Zool.)
,
a bright-colored etheostomoid fish (
Etheostoma coeruleum
) found in the Mississippi River; – called also
blue darter
, and
rainbow darter
.
Soldier fly
(Zool.)
,
any one of numerous species of small dipterous flies of the genus
Stratyomys
and allied genera. They are often bright green, with a metallic luster, and are ornamented on the sides of the back with markings of yellow, like epaulets or shoulder straps.
Soldier moth
(Zool.)
,
a large geometrid moth (
Euschema militaris
), having the wings bright yellow with bluish black lines and spots.
Soldier orchis
(Bot.)
,
a kind of orchis (
Orchis militaris
).

Sol′dier

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To serve as a soldier.
2.
To make a pretense of doing something, or of performing any task.
[Colloq.U.S.]
☞ In this sense the vulgar pronounciation
(sō′jẽr)
is jocosely preserved.
It needs an opera glass to discover whether the leaders are pulling, or only
soldiering
.
C. D. Warner.

Webster 1828 Edition


Soldier

SOLDIER

,
Noun.
soljur. [from L. solidus, a piece of money, the pay of a soldier.]
1.
A man engaged in military service; one whose occupation is military; a man enlisted for service in an army; a private, or noe in the ranks. There ought to be some time for sober reflection between the life of a soldier and his death.
2.
A man enrolled for service, when on duty or embodied for military discipline; a private; as a militia soldier.
3.
Emphatically, a brave warrior; a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor. In this sense, an officer of any grade may be denominated a soldier.

Definition 2021


Soldier

Soldier

See also: soldier

English

Proper noun

Soldier

  1. A city in Iowa.
  2. A city in Kansas.
  3. An unincorporated community and coal town in Kentucky.

soldier

soldier

See also: Soldier

English

Soldiers.

Alternative forms

  • soldior (obsolete)
  • soldiour (obsolete)
  • souldier (obsolete)
  • souldior (obsolete)
  • souldiour (obsolete)

Noun

soldier (plural soldiers)

  1. A member of an army, of any rank.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      I am a soldier and unapt to weep.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.
    • 2012, August 1. Owen Gibson in Guardian Unlimited, London 2012: rowers Glover and Stanning win Team GB's first gold medal
      Stanning, who was commissioned from Sandhurst in 2008 and has served in Aghanistan, is not the first soldier to bail out the organisers at these Games but will be among the most celebrated.
  2. A private in military service, as distinguished from an officer.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
      It were meet that any one, before he came to be a captain, should have been a soldier.
  3. A guardsman.
  4. A member of the Salvation Army.
  5. (Britain, New Zealand) A piece of buttered bread (or toast), cut into a long thin strip and dipped into a soft-boiled egg.
  6. A term of affection for a young boy.
  7. Someone who fights or toils well.
  8. The red or cuckoo gurnard (Chelidonichthys cuculus).
  9. One of the asexual polymorphic forms of termites, in which the head and jaws are very large and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest.

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Verb

soldier (third-person singular simple present soldiers, present participle soldiering, simple past and past participle soldiered)

  1. To continue.
  2. To be a soldier.
  3. To intentionally restrict labor productivity; to work at the slowest rate that goes unpunished. Has also been called dogging it or goldbricking. (Originally from the way that conscripts may approach following orders. Usage less prevalent in the era of all-volunteer militaries.)

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