- The, a region in central Italy, bordering the Adriatic. 3743 sq. mi. (9695 sq. km).
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of march1
- a tract of land along a border of a country; frontier.
- marches, the border districts between England and Scotland, or England and Wales.
- to touch at the border; border.
Origin of march2
- the third month of the year, containing 31 days. Abbreviation: Mar.
Origin of March1
- Francis Andrew,1825–1911, U.S. philologist and lexicographer.
- FredricFrederick McIntyre Bickel, 1897–1975, U.S. actor.
- Pey·ton Con·way [peyt-n kon-wey] /ˈpeɪt n ˈkɒn weɪ/, 1864–1955, U.S. army officer (son of Francis Andrew March).
- German name of the Morava.
Related Wordspound, patrol, parade, move, file, traipse, proceed, space, boot, tramp, progress, stomp, strut, promenade, step, journey, tread, advance, mount, pace
Examples from the Web for marches
But even they should see the marches as expressions of our best and highest ideals.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
In New York the marches could have been used as training films for other police departments.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters?
December 22, 2014
We were going to marches and campaign rallies and handing out flyers from the age of three on.Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!
Women in the World
October 23, 2014
He participated in the historic 50-mile Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965.Tony Bennett’s Nazi Hunting Past Is Just One Reason He’s the Greatest Living American
September 25, 2014
But you can hear the blues in almost everything he played and sang, whether it be gospel, ragtime, marches, or nonsense songs.Blues Musicians in Unmarked Graves Are Finally Getting Some Respect
January 12, 2014
The inability of the men only, will put a period to our daily marches.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Day's marches were shortened because the woman could not stand long ones.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Massena enters Portugal at Almeida and marches to Lisbon and the open sea.The Snare
Every nation must know that, the instant it marches to war, it risks annihilation.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
Victory accompanied his marches, and his foes were driven before him.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
- the border area between England and Wales or Scotland, both characterized by continual feuding (13th–16th centuries)
- a region of central Italy. Capital: Ancona. Pop: 1 484 601 (2003 est). Area: 9692 sq km (3780 sq miles)Italian name: Le Marche (le ˈmarke)
- any of various other border regions
- the third month of the year, consisting of 31 days
- the German name for the Morava (def. 1)
- Master of Architecture
- (intr) to walk or proceed with stately or regular steps, usually in a procession or military formation
- (tr) to make (a person or group) proceedhe marched his army to the town
- (tr) to traverse or cover by marchingto march a route
- the act or an instance of marching
- a regular stridea 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
- (intr; often foll by upon or with) to share a common border (with)
Word Origin and History for marches
"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.
"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.
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with marches
In addition to the idiom beginning with march
- marching orders, get one's
- march to a different beat
- steal a march on