a body of troops going before the main force to clear the way, guard against surprise, etc.
But meanwhile, on the 14th September, the advance guard of the French army entered the city.
Moscow Fred Whishaw
We’ve just received the first communique from the advance guard, sir.
Martian V.F.W. G.L. Vandenburg
Almost at the same moment, the soldiers of the advance guard arrived.
Herodias Gustave Flaubert
The advance guard had suffered, but their fire had quelled that of the enemy.
Through Three Campaigns G. A. Henty
But still there was a chance that they might be the advance guard of a big body of troops.
The Ocean Wireless Boys on the Pacific Wilbur Lawton
The pioneer and airship divisions are placed with the advance guard.
Operations Upon the Sea Franz Edelsheim
The Marquis Lafayette at this time commanded the advance guard of Washington’s army, composed of six battalions of light infantry.
The Student’s Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving Washington Irving
“They form the advance guard of our foes,” said the burgomaster.
The Lily of Leyden W.H.G. Kingston
Nag-una ang mga adbans gard kay silay magpriparar, The advance guard has gone ahead because they will get things ready.
A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan John U. Wolff
There goes an advance guard of the foot, marching to the front of the horse.
Marcus: the Young Centurion George Manville Fenn
a military unit sent ahead of a main body to find gaps in enemy defences, clear away minor opposition, and prevent unexpected contact
a temporary military detachment sent ahead of a force to prepare for a landing or other operation, esp by making reconnaissance
- Advance man
(def 27b). Historical Examples Improved tools, and more cheaply produced, could not fail to advance man very materially in culture. The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen noun (US) an agent of a political candidate or other public figure who travels in advance of the candidate to organize publicity, arrange meetings, and make security checks
- Advance ratio
noun (aeronautics) the ratio of wind speed along the axis of a rotor or propeller to the speed of the blade tip the ratio of forward flight speed to the speed of the rotor tip of a helicopter
placed ahead or forward: with one foot advanced. ahead or far or further along in progress, complexity, knowledge, skill, etc.: an advanced class in Spanish; to take a course in advanced mathematics; Our plans are too advanced to make the change now. pertaining to or embodying ideas, practices, attitudes, etc., taken as being more enlightened […]
- Advanced audio coding
advanced audio coding audio (AAC) A successor to MP3, allowing lower bit rates and more stable quality. See MPEG-2 AAC Low Profile and MPEG-4 AAC Main Profile. (2001-12-02)