open order

noun Military.

a troop formation for drill or basic combat training, the intervals between the individuals being greater than those in close order.

Origin of open order

First recorded in 1615–25
Also called extended order. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for open order

  • Behind them, however, in an open-order skirmish-line, came fifty-odd with weapons.

    Naudsonce|H. Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for open order

open order


military a formation that allows additional space between the ranks of a guard or inspected unit to allow the inspecting officer to pass
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