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  1. present participle and gerund of march


marching (countable and uncountable, plural marchings)

  1. An action described by the verb "to march".
    • 1862, Various, Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 61, November, 1862[1]:
      A pianoforte is desirable, to lead the singing, and accompany the plays, gymnastics, frequent marchings, and dancing, when that is taught,—which it should be.
    • 1837, Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History [], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: Chapman and Hall, →OCLC, (please specify the book or page number):
      But of the marchings and retreatings of these Six-thousand no Xenophon exists. Nothing, but an inarticulate hum, of cursing and sooty frenzy, surviving dubious in the memory of ages!
    • 1917, War Department, Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry[2]:
      All steps and marchings executed from a halt, except right step, begin with the left foot.


marching (not comparable)

  1. That marches.
    a marching band
  2. Placed or situated in a line or lines, reminiscent or evocative of marching soldiers.
    • 1961, Colin Thiele, The Sun on the Stubble, Melbourne: Rigby Limited, page 61:
      [T]he occasional trees, the stone-heaps, the marching fences, the stumps, the saplings, the cows, and the feeding sheep.

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