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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- open mike,
- open mind,
- open one's eyes,
- open one's heart to,
- open one's mouth,
- open pit,
- open plan,
- open pneumothorax,
- open policy,
- open position
Origin of open order
First recorded in 1615–25
Also called extended order.
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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
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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