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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Platoon  \Pla*toon"\,  n.  [F.  peloton  a  ball  of  thread,  a  knot  or 
  group  of  men,  a  platoon,  from  pelote  a  ball  formed  of  things 
  wound  round.  See  {Pellet}.]  (Mil.) 
  a  Formerly,  a  body  of  men  who  fired  together;  also  a  small 
  square  body  of  soldiers  to  strengthen  the  angles  of  a 
  hollow  square. 
  b  Now  in  the  United  States  service,  half  of  a  company. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  military  unit  that  is  a  subdivision  of  a  company;  usually 
  has  a  headquarters  and  two  or  more  squads;  usually 
  commanded  by  a  lieutenant 
  2:  a  team  of  policemen  working  under  the  military  platoon 
  3:  a  group  of  persons  who  are  engaged  in  a  common  activity; 
  "platoons  of  tourists  poured  out  of  the  busses";  "the 
  defensive  platoon  of  the  football  team" 

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