March

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v march lie adjacent to another or share a boundary "Canada adjoins the U.S.","England marches with Scotland"
    • v march walk fast, with regular or measured steps; walk with a stride "He marched into the classroom and announced the exam","The soldiers marched across the border"
    • v march walk ostentatiously "She parades her new husband around town"
    • v march march in a procession "They processed into the dining room"
    • v march force to march "The Japanese marched their prisoners through Manchuria"
    • v march cause to march or go at a marching pace "They marched the mules into the desert"
    • v march march in protest; take part in a demonstration "Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle"
    • n march a steady advance "the march of science","the march of time"
    • n march the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind) "it was a long march","we heard the sound of marching"
    • n MArch a degree granted for the successful completion of advanced study of architecture
    • n march genre of music written for marching "Sousa wrote the best marches"
    • n march a procession of people walking together "the march went up Fifth Avenue"
    • n march district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area "the Welsh marches between England and Wales"
    • n March the month following February and preceding April
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Holding a hand of each, Mrs. March said, &c Holding a hand of each, Mrs. March said, &c
Hurrah for Miss March Hurrah for Miss March
Mrs. March would not leave Beth's side Mrs. March would not leave Beth's side
The call at Aunt March's The call at Aunt March's
The Romans march over the top of a hill The Romans march over the top of a hill
REVOLUTIONISTS MARCHING TO CAMBRIDGE REVOLUTIONISTS MARCHING TO CAMBRIDGE
soldier marching in garden soldier marching in garden
STANLEY ON THE MARCH STANLEY ON THE MARCH

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was published March 20, 1852. It was the first American novel to sell one million copies.
    • March A piece of music designed or fitted to accompany and guide the movement of troops; a piece of music in the march form. "The drums presently striking up a march ."
    • n March A territorial border or frontier; a region adjacent to a boundary line; a confine; -- used chiefly in the plural, and in English history applied especially to the border land on the frontiers between England and Scotland, and England and Wales. "Geneva is situated in the marches of several dominions -- France, Savoy, and Switzerland.""Lords of waste marches , kings of desolate isles."
    • March Hence: Measured and regular advance or movement, like that of soldiers moving in order; stately or deliberate walk; steady onward movement; as, the march of time. "With solemn march Goes slow and stately by them.""This happens merely because men will not bide their time, but will insist on precipitating the march of affairs."
    • March The act of marching; a movement of soldiers from one stopping place to another; military progress; advance of troops. "These troops came to the army harassed with a long and wearisome march ."
    • March The distance passed over in marching; as, an hour's march; a march of twenty miles.
    • n March märch The third month of the year, containing thirty-one days. "The stormy March is come at last,
      With wind, and cloud, and changing skies."
    • v. i March To border; to be contiguous; to lie side by side. "That was in a strange land
      Which marcheth upon Chimerie."
    • v. t March To cause to move with regular steps in the manner of a soldier; to cause to move in military array, or in a body, as troops; to cause to advance in a steady, regular, or stately manner; to cause to go by peremptory command, or by force. "March them again in fair array."
    • March To move with regular steps, as a soldier; to walk in a grave, deliberate, or stately manner; to advance steadily.
    • March To proceed by walking in a body or in military order; as, the German army marched into France.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New York's first St. Patrick's day parade was held on March 17, 1762.
    • n march A frontier or boundary of a territory; a border; hence, a borderland; a district or political division of a country conterminous with the boundary-line of another country. In Scotland the term is commonly applied to the boundaries, or the marks which determine the boundaries, of conterminous estates or lands, whether large or small. The word is most familiar historically with reference to the boundaries between England and Wales and between England and Scotland. The latter were divided into two parts, the western and the middle marches, each of which had courts peculiar to itself, and a kind of president or governor, who was called warden of the marches. See mark, 13.
    • march To constitute a march or border; be bordering; lie continuously parallel and contiguous; abut.
    • march To dwell adjacent; neighbor.
    • march To walk with measured steps, or with a steady regular tread; move in a deliberate, stately manner; step with regularity, earnestness, or gravity: often used trivially, as in the expression, he marched off angrily.
    • march Specifically, to walk with concerted steps in regular or measured time, as a body or a member of a body of soldiers or a procession; move in uniform order and time; step together in ranks.
    • march To move in military order, as a body of troops; advance in a soldierly manner: as, in the morning the regiment marched; they marched twenty miles.
    • march To cause to move in military order, or in a body or regular procession: as, to march an army to the battle-field.
    • march To cause to go anywhere at one's command and under one's guidance: as, the policeman marched his prisoner to the lockup.
    • n march A measured and uniform walk or concerted and orderly movement of a body of men, as soldiers; a regular advance of a body of men, in which they keep time with each other and sometimes with music; stately and deliberate walk; steady or labored progression: used figuratively in regard to poetry, from its rhythm resembling the measured harmonious stepping of soldiery.
    • n march An advance from one halting-place to another, as of a body of soldiers or travelers; the distance passed over in a single course of marching; a military journey of a body of troops: as, a march of twenty miles.
    • n march Progressive advancement; progress; regular course.
    • n march A military signal to move, consisting of a particular drum-beat or bugle-call.
    • n march In music, a strongly rhythmical composition designed to accompany marching or to imitate a march-movement. The rhythm is usually duple, but it may be triply compound. Marches generally consist of two contrasted sections, the second of which (commonly called the trio) is softer and more flowing than the first, and is followed by a repetition of the first. Rapid marches are often called quicksteps or military marches. Slow marches are also called processional marches, and are further distinguished as funeral (or dead-), nuptial, triumphal, etc.
    • n march In weaving, one of the short laths placed across the treadles beneath the shafts of a loom.
    • n march In the game of euchre, a taking of all five tricks by one side.
    • n march The third month of our year, consisting of thirty-one days. It was the first month of the ancient Roman year till the adoption of the Julian calendar, which was followed by the Gregorian; previous to the latter it was reckoned the first month in many European countries, and so continued in England till 1752, the legal year there before that date beginning on the 25th of March.
    • n march The celery plant, Apium graveolens, and parsley, Petroselinum Petroselinum. Also merch.
    • n march An abbreviation of Marchioness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The earth rotates on its axis more slowly in March than in September.
    • n March märch the third month of the year, named from Mars, the god of war.
    • n March märch a border: boundary of a territory
    • March used chiefly in pl. March′es
    • v.i March to border: to be adjacent
    • v.i March märch to move in order, as soldiers: to walk in a grave or stately manner
    • v.t March to cause to march
    • n March the movement of troops: regular advance: a piece of music fitted for marching to: the distance passed over
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Quotations

  • John Mortimer
    John Mortimer
    “When you get to my age life seems little more than one long march to and from the lavatory.”
  • John Louis O'Sullivan
    John Louis O'Sullivan
    “A torchlight procession marching down your throat.”
  • Robert Browning
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    “One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph,”
  • James Montgomery
    James Montgomery
    “Yet nightly pitch my moving tent, a day's march nearer home.”
  • Henry George
    Henry George
    “The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.”
  • Joy Baluch
    Joy Baluch
    “Life marches by, I suggest you get on with it.”

Idioms

Mad as a March hare - Someone who is excitable and unpredictable is as mad as a March hare.
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March to the beat of your own drum - If people march to the beat of their own drum, they do things the way they want without taking other people into consideration.
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Steal a march - This expression indicates the stealthiness of a person over another to gain advantage of the situation. For instance, if two persons are offered some jobs which are vacant, they resolve to go together next day at an agreed time, but one of them, without telling the other, goes earlier than the other and secures the better of the two jobs, he is said to steal a march on the other person.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. marche, F. marche,; of German origin; cf. OHG. marcha, G. mark, akin to OS. marka, AS. mearc, Goth. marka, L. margo, edge, border, margin, and possibly to E. mark, a sign. √106. Cf. Margin Margrave Marque Marquis

Usage

In literature:

The portraits, coins, and miscellaneous curiosities were sold by auction in March 1742.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
Friday, the 22d of March, of the year 1622, dawned brightly over a peaceful domain in Virginia.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
They marched all day without interruption, eating their food as they marched.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
So closed the unexpected Atbara campaign in March last.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
From March 23 onwards it had been one long strain, heavy marching most days and, with few exceptions, sleepless nights.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
For military reasons it was needful after the march forward yesterday to march back at once to Fourteen Streams.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
And as he marched to meet the enemy distrust and fear marched in his ranks.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Octavius marched to meet him and Lepidus, who were marching southward with another large army.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
When all was ready, Cyrus set out from Sardis on his memorable march in the spring of 401.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
They landed at Cork in March, 1689, and marched at once to Dublin.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
ST. LOUIS, MARCH, 1862.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
Forced marches.= A forced march may be said to be a march of more than average length.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
We marched steadily for several days over very rough country, getting higher and higher toward the eternal snows.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
We marched there on the first day of March and stayed till the tenth.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
That man was Socrates, the most hardy soldier, the most unwearied in the march, and the wisest man of Greece.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
He marched with us on foot for a while, and complimented me on the appearance of the regiment on the march and wished us good luck.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Captain Church marched for Poppasquash at once; he was that kind of a man.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
In March Captain William Peirse was sent out with seventy stout men to march from Plymouth and head off the raging Narragansetts.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
The country throughout this section of the State is broken but accessible to the march of large bodies of troops.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
John March and the minister had gone into March's office, but Captain Champion's word was quite enough.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
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In poetry:

I do not love the Sabbath,
The soapsuds and the starch,
The troops of solemn people
Who to Salvation march.
"The Boy Out Of Church" by Robert Graves
What marches through the mountain pass?
No, no, my son, not yet;
That is an airy spot,
And no man knows what treads the grass.
"Three Marching Songs" by William Butler Yeats
Then all my thoughts began to wander out
To meet the march of Time,
With all his triumph poets rave about
And prophesy in rhyme.
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson
Policemen march all folks away
Who practise virtue every day -
Of course, I mean to say, you know,
What we call virtue here below.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Sue for them and all of us
Who the world over suffer thus,
Who have scarce time for prayer indeed,
Who only march and die and bleed.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
The cursed fool who fell for Rome,
And marched against the Motherland,
Should never live to tell the tale
Of his unholy traitor-hand.
"The Brutal Crime" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

In news:

It has been another great marching season, with the very last of the competitions ending today, and just a few marching opportunities left for band students.
KDHX and Twangfest SXSW day parties, Thursday, March 15 and Saturday, March 17 .
Titus Andronicus, Crooked Fingers, Justin Townes Earle and the Belle Brigade, Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 .
AccuWeather.com reports Friday, March 2 , 2012 may be known as one of the worst tornado outbreak for early March on record.
La Feria marching band marches away.
The honorable Vel Phillips and members of the NAACP Youth Council who marched during Milwaukee's Open Housing Movement will lead the march with MICAH Pres.
Ohio University's marching band, known as the Marching 110, isn't your normal marching band.
Stephanie Berzinski spent some time with the A and T Marching Band as they prepare to march in the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade.
Oñate junior to march in Macy's Great American Marching Band.
Thirty high school marching band s from Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi are participating in the annual Northwestern State University Marching Contest Saturday, Nov 3 in Turpin Stadium.
The Bellefontaine High School Marching Band earned a Superior rating at the State Marching Band Finals Sunday afternoon at the University of Dayton Welcome Stadium.
Three local marching band s will compete in the inaugural West Virginia Marching Band Invitational at Glenville State College on Saturday, Nov 3.
Minutes spent per month on apps more than doubled from March 2011 to March 2012, according to comScore.
Fasts and street marches in New Delhi, March 2012—plus street movements in Slovenia, Quebec, Iraq, Azerbaijan, and Wukan in southern China, among others, throughout the past two years.
3:48 pm Thursday, March 30, 2006 Posted: 3:47 pm Thursday, March 30, 2006.
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In science:

Prasad, Mumbai, who is retiring formally in March 2000. I take this opportunity to wish them both the very best.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Technical report, University of Twente, March.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Hehlen et al., talk at the APS March meeting 2001, Seattle; E.
Boson peak in an harmonic scalar model
Hehlen et al., talk at the APS March meeting 2001, Seattle; E.
Vibrations in glasses and Euclidean Random Matrix theory
The most important new feature of the numerics is the existence, due to the term (2.4), of a pole at x = −ξ which marches through the center of the analyticity strip 1 as ξ is varied.
Lattice Approach to Excited TBA Boundary Flows: Tricritical Ising Model
In Section 6 (added March 2002) an example is given of a crossed product C ∗ -algebra D ⋊α Z, where D is an inductive limit of type I C ∗ -algebras, such that D ⋊α Z is simple and contains an infinite and a non-zero finite pro jection.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Spohn, Interacting Brownian Particles: A Study of Dyson’s model, in Proceedings of the Workshop at the Institute of Mathematics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 1986, G.
Dynamical Correlations for Circular Ensembles of Random Matrices
Derriennic, Lois “z´ero ou deux” pour les processus de Markov, applications aux marches al´eatoires, Ann.
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
Terunuma [BKST]. (The talk is given at 2nd international symposium on New Developments of Integrated Sciences held at Ochanomizu University on March 16 (2004).) The first Pentaquark baryon Θ+ was found at SPring-8 [SP8] using γ + n → K −Θ+ → K −K +n. Θ+ is considered to be (ud)(ud)¯s.
An Attempt to Study Pentaquark Baryons in String Theory
Propri´et´es d’intersection des marches al´eatoires, I.
An almost sure invariance principle for the range of planar random walks
On the March 4 test run, we observed the phase of Cass A as it circles the NCP.
Forecast for Epoch-of-Reionization as viewable by the PrimevAl Structure Telescope (PAST)
Sur la transience et la r´ecurrence des marches al´eatoires en milieu al´eatoire.
On which graphs are all random walks in random environments transient?
The work on this paper started during our joint visit to the Laboratoire de Probabilit´es, University Paris VI, in March 2004.
Regenerative partition structures
The abstract is as follows: “One of the brightest Gamma Ray Burst ever recorded, GRB030329, occurred [on 29 March 2003] during the second science run of the LIGO detectors.
An immediate proof of the non-existence of GW's
This analysis allowed us to estimate an explosion epoch of JD 2452717±21, corresponding to a date of 18th March 2003, and the V I magnitudes during the plateau phase.
A Study of the Type II-P Supernova 2003gd in M74
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