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noun Military.
  1. a troop formation for drill or basic combat training, the intervals between the individuals being greater than those in close order.
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Origin of open order

First recorded in 1615–25
Also called extended order.
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Historical Examples

  • 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

noun
  1. 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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