Webster 1913 Edition
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
soldierand unapt to weep.
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
A brave warrior; a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor; – used by way of emphasis or distinction.
The red or cuckoo gurnard (
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
an American carabid beetle (–
Chauliognathus Americanus) whose larva feeds upon other insects, such as the plum curculio.
any hemipterous insect of the genus–
Podisusand allied genera, as the spined
Podius spinosus). These bugs suck the blood of other insects.
The hermit crab.
The fiddler crab.–
a bright-colored etheostomoid fish (–
Etheostoma coeruleum) found in the Mississippi River; – called also
blue darter, and
any one of numerous species of small dipterous flies of the genus–
Stratyomysand 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.
a large geometrid moth (–
Euschema militaris), having the wings bright yellow with bluish black lines and spots.
a kind of orchis (
To serve as a soldier.
To make a pretense of doing something, or of performing any task.
☞ 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
C. D. Warner.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.