• Caesar's legions landing in Britain
    Caesar's legions landing in Britain
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj legion amounting to a large indefinite number "numerous times","the family was numerous","Palomar's fans are legion"
    • n legion a vast multitude
    • n legion archaic terms for army
    • n legion a large military unit "the French Foreign Legion"
    • n legion association of ex-servicemen "the American Legion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Legion (Rom. Antiq) A body of foot soldiers and cavalry consisting of different numbers at different periods, -- from about four thousand to about six thousand men, -- the cavalry being about one tenth.
    • Legion A great number; a multitude. "Where one sin has entered, legions will force their way through the same breach."
    • Legion (Taxonomy) A group of orders inferior to a class.
    • Legion A military force; an army; military bands.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n legion In Roman antiquity, a body of infantry not corresponding exactly to either the regiment or the army-corps of modern times, composed of different numbers of men at different periods, from 3,000 under the kings to over 6,000 under Marius, usually combined with a considerable proportion of cavalry. The ancient legion had 300 horse, and that of Marius about 700. Each legion was divided into ten cohorts, each cohort into three maniples, and each maniple into two centuries. The great power of the Roman legion was due to its rigid discipline and its tactical formation in battle, which was so open and flexible as to enable it to meet every emergency without surprise or derangement. It thus presented a strong contrast on the one hand to the unwieldy solidity of the Greek phalanx, and on the other to the confused and undisciplined state of other armies of the time. Compare maniple.
    • n legion In French history, one of numerous military bodies so called at different periods. Foreign legions were employed by the kings from medieval times. A number of them were formed during the Revolution and under the first empire, of which one was maintained till a recent period. This body, called specifically the legion, made itself famous in Algiers and in the Crimea. There were also provincial legions in the sixteenth century.
    • n legion Any distinct military force or organization comparable to the Roman legion.
    • n legion An extraordinary number; a great multitude.
    • n legion In zoology, a large group or series of animals, of indeterminate taxonomic rank, but generally of high grade. In Haeckel's system, for example, the legion intervenes between the subclass and the order, and corresponds to what is usually called a superorder.
    • legion To enroll or form into a legion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Legion lē′jun in ancient Rome, a body of soldiers of from three to six thousand: a military force: a great number: in French history, the name of several military bodies, more esp. one which distinguished itself in Algeria and in the Crimea
    • v.t Legion to form into legions
    • n Legion a soldier of a legion
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  • Mark Twain
    “The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. legioun, OF. legion, F. légion, fr. L. legio, fr. legere, to gather, collect. See Legend


In literature:

At twelve o'clock the 2d Legion of the National Guard was at the Tuileries to make a demonstration for reform.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
She was dazed already and weak; but still the Steam Thing cheered its steel legions on.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
It is a challenge to the legions of the forest.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Where are our legions?
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
With him was the far-famed invincible Tenth Legion that had ravished Gaul.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
The ev'n is clear, the sun its radiant beams Reflects upon the marching legions.
"La Chanson de Roland" by Léon Gautier
But the contrast between the starving squalid poor and the legions of well-fed priests is very painful.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
To these men the rest of the legions made a contribution, a pound of corn and a pint of wine for each.
"Stories From Livy" by Alfred Church
Nicolas Gauthier, Sergeant-Major in the Foreign Legion, was about twenty-six years of age.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
The rest of the legions were some distance away all the time.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

In poetry:

What if no trumpet sounds to call
His armed legions to his side?
What if, to no ancestral hall
He comes in all a victor's pride?
"Delicatessen" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Finding in the white man's regions
Foemen none, but friends whose heart
Loves the Robins' happy legions,
Mourns when, silent, they depart.
"Legend Of The Canadian Robin" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
The devil he marshalled his legions gay,
That he hoped would rule the world,
He dressed them all in bright array,
And then his flag unfurled.
"The Tricolor" by Sir John Hanmer
Down to the earth was Satan thrown,
Down to the earth his legions fell;
Then was the trump of triumph blown,
And shook the dreadful deeps of hell.
"Hymn 58" by Isaac Watts
As if their legions did not one day crowd
The death-pangs of the Conquering Good to see!
As if a sacred head had never bowed
In death for man—for me;
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
You that have made of mankind in your own proud regions
The music of man to be,
How should the old earth sing of you, now, as your legions
Rise to set all men free?
"The Union" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

The Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary hosted a Veteran's Day potluck to honor our Veterans and express our thanks for their service on Monday evening, November 12 at 6:30pm.
What passes as country on corporate radio stations has turned off legions.
A major exhibit on the Harlem Renaissance began its tour at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
A US Army veteran, he was a retired independent truck driver and member of the American Legion.
Speaking of the Legion of Christ… some time ago I added their news service, Zenit, to my RSS feed.
Legions of music zombies wander the streets with white wires dangling from their ears.
CALVERT CITY – The Women's Auxiliary of William A Doyle Post 236 has formed what state American Legion officials have confirmed as the first Auxiliary Honor Guard in Kentucky.
Justin Zimmerman of the Pennsylvania National Guard delivers the flag to Lorene F Fritch Hoffman, daughter of Topton American Legion post honor guard leader Carl A Fritch, during Fritch's military funeral Saturday.
The military's growing legions of CrossFit devotees have a message for the medical researchers worried about their extreme workouts: don't get between us and our squat-thrusts.
The American Legion in Lapeer is putting on a comedy show.
In jazz circles there is always talk about the importance of individuality, and there are always legions of musicians striving to play like someone else.
Some, including a group from Kansas City, are forming all-female American Legion posts.
Legion blogger appears on 'Nightline'.
American Legion Burnpit blogger Mark Seavey appears on ABC's Nightline.
American Legion blogger Mark Seavey of the Burn Pit appeared on ABC's "Nightline" Friday evening to discuss "America's Got Talent" hopeful Timothy Poe and his claims about his military service.

In science:

For example, Legion authorization is implemented by the use of a MayI method on all Legion ob jects.
Fine-Grained Authorization for Job Execution in the Grid: Design and Implementation
Our work could be integrated with Legion in a similar manner as we described here, through the reimplementation of ob ject creation routines (Legion’s equivalent of GRAM) and the MayI method.
Fine-Grained Authorization for Job Execution in the Grid: Design and Implementation
Although it also uses access control lists to manage its policy, it does not provide the per-job interface of GRAM and Legion.
Fine-Grained Authorization for Job Execution in the Grid: Design and Implementation
None of them provide a distributed memory abstraction, though CORBA, Java RMI and Legion do this in a way by accessing remote objects. A lookup service is provided to locate these objects, which can be added to DSVP by an SEP implementation.
Extending and Implementing the Self-adaptive Virtual Processor for Distributed Memory Architectures
Dynamic scheduling is usually applied when it is difficult to estimate the cost of applications, or jobs are coming on-line dynamically (in this case, it is also called on-line scheduling). A good example of these scenarios is the job queue management in some metacomputing systems like Condor and Legion.
An Architectural Model for a Grid based Workflow Management Platform in Scientific Applications