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platoon (plural platoons)
- (military) A unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant and forming part of a company.
- 1960 March, G. Freeman Allen, “Europe's most luxurious express - the "Settebello"”, in Trains Illustrated, page 140:
- Needless to say, one's seat must be booked in advance and a platoon of urbane officials, one to each door of the train, awaits passengers to usher them to their seats and relieve them of their bulkier baggage.
- A group of self-driving vehicles travelling in a close convoy and communicating electronically with each other.
- (education, historical) A group of children in the platoon grouping education system.
unit of 30-40 soldiers
- (baseball) To alternate starts with a teammate of opposite handedness, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher
- Taylor has been hitting poorly against left-handers, and Morgan has been hitting poorly against right-handers, so they will platoon.
- (sports) To specialize in a particular position or playing style.
- 2014, The Cedar Rapids Gazette, Greatest Moments in Iowa Hawkeyes Football History:
- You must understand the rules of football in 1939. There was no platooning, so each man played both offense and defense.
- Of self-driving vehicles: to travel in a close convoy, each vehicle communicating electronically with the others.