verb (used without object)
to walk with regular and measured tread, as soldiers on parade; advance in step in an organized body.
to walk in a stately, deliberate manner.
to go forward; advance; proceed:
Time marches on.
verb (used with object)
to cause to march.
the act or course of marching.
the distance covered in a single period of marching.
advance; progress; forward movement:
the march of science.
a piece of music with a rhythm suited to accompany marching.
march on, to march toward, as in protest or in preparation for confrontation or battle:
The angry mob marched on the Bastille.
on the march, moving ahead; progressing; advancing:
Automation is on the march.
steal a march on, to gain an advantage over, especially secretly or slyly.
a tract of land along a border of a country; frontier.
marches, the border districts between England and Scotland, or England and Wales.
verb (used without object)
to touch at the border; border.
(intransitive) to walk or proceed with stately or regular steps, usually in a procession or military formation
(transitive) to make (a person or group) proceed: he marched his army to the town
(transitive) to traverse or cover by marching: to march a route
the act or an instance of marching
a regular stride: a slow march
a long or exhausting walk
advance; progression (of time, etc)
a distance or route covered by marching
a piece of music, usually in four beats to the bar, having a strongly accented rhythm
steal a march on, to gain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand enterprise
Also called marchland. a frontier, border, or boundary or the land lying along it, often of disputed ownership
(intransitive; often foll by upon or with) to share a common border (with)
the third month of the year, consisting of 31 days
the German name for the Morava (sense 1)
Master of Architecture
“to walk with regular tread,” early 15c., from Middle French marcher “to march, walk,” from Old French marchier “to stride, march,” originally “to trample, tread underfoot,” perhaps from Frankish *markon or some other Germanic source related to obsolete Middle English march (n.) “borderland” (see march (n.2)). Or possibly from Gallo-Roman *marcare, from Latin marcus “hammer,” via notion of “tramping the feet.” Meaning “to cause to march” is from 1590s. Related: Marched; marching. Marching band is attested from 1852. Italian marciare, Spanish marchar are said to be from French.
“act of marching,” 1580s, from march (v.) or else from Middle French marche (n.), from marcher (v.). The musical sense first attested 1570s, from notion of “rhythmic drumbeat” for marching. Transferred sense of “forward motion” is from 1620s.
“boundary,” late 13c. (in reference to the borderlands beside Wales, rendering Old English Mercia), from Old French marche “boundary, frontier,” from Frankish *marka or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German marchon “to mark out, delimit,” German Mark “boundary;” see mark (n.1)). Now obsolete. There was a verb in Middle English (c.1300), “tohave a common boundary,” from Old French marchier “border upon, lie alongside.”
third month, c.1200, from Anglo-French marche, Old French marz, from Latin Martius (mensis) “(month) of Mars,” from Mars (genitive Martis). Replaced Old English hreðmonaþ, the first part of which is of uncertain meaning, perhaps from hræd “quick, nimble, ready, active, alert, prompt.” For March hare, proverbial type of madness, see mad.
In addition to the idiom beginning with march
- Marching band
noun an ensemble of musicians that march in time to the music for entertainment at events and in parades, often with brass, wind, and percussion instruments, drum majors and/or majorettes, and color guard
- Marching girl
noun 1. (often pl) (Austral & NZ) one of a team of girls dressed in fancy uniform who perform marching formations
plural noun 1. Military. orders to begin a march or other troop movement. 2. Informal. plural noun 1. military orders, esp to infantry, giving instructions about a march, its destination, etc 2. (informal) notice of dismissal, esp from employment 3. (informal) the instruction to proceed with a task noun phrase A directive to get going […]
[mahr-shuh-nis, mahr-shuh-nes] /ˈmɑr ʃə nɪs, ˌmɑr ʃəˈnɛs/ noun, British. 1. (defs 1, 2). /ˈmɑːʃənɪs; ˌmɑːʃəˈnɛs/ noun 1. the wife or widow of a marquis 2. a woman who holds the rank of marquis n. 16c., from Medieval Latin marchionissa, fem. of marchio “marquis,” from marca (see marquis (n.)).