• A sixteen year old volunteer
    A sixteen year old volunteer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj volunteer without payment "the soup kitchen was run primarily by unpaid helpers","a volunteer fire department"
    • v volunteer tell voluntarily "He volunteered the information"
    • v volunteer do volunteer work
    • v volunteer agree freely "She volunteered to drive the old lady home","I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it"
    • n Volunteer a native or resident of Tennessee
    • n volunteer a person who performs voluntary work
    • n volunteer (military) a person who freely enlists for service
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scandalised N.S. Volunteer Scandalised N.S. Volunteer

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Shampoo was first marketed in the USA in 1930 by John Breck, who was the captain of a volunteer fire department.
    • Volunteer (Law) A grantee in a voluntary conveyance; one to whom a conveyance is made without valuable consideration; a party, other than a wife or child of the grantor, to whom, or for whose benefit, a voluntary conveyance is made.
    • a Volunteer Of or pertaining to a volunteer or volunteers; consisting of volunteers; voluntary; as, volunteer companies; volunteer advice.
    • Volunteer (Mil) One who enters into service voluntarily, but who, when in service, is subject to discipline and regulations like other soldiers; -- opposed to conscript; specifically, a voluntary member of the organized militia of a country as distinguished from the standing army.
    • Volunteer One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his own free will.
    • v. i Volunteer To enter into, or offer for, any service of one's own free will, without solicitation or compulsion; as, he volunteered in that undertaking.
    • v. t Volunteer To offer or bestow voluntarily, or without solicitation or compulsion; as, to volunteer one's services.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Chinese national anthem is called "the march of volunteers."
    • n volunteer In horticulture, a plant that comes up of itself from naturally scattered seed, in distinction from one that comes from sowing by the horticulturist.
    • n volunteer A person who enters into any service of his own free will.
    • n volunteer A person who enters military service of his own free will, and not by constraint or compulsion; one who offers to serve, and generally receives some consideration or privileges on that account; in the United States, especially during the civil war, a soldier of a body other than the regular army, but practically governed by the same laws when in service. In Great Britain the government provides the various bodies of volunteers, or citizen-soldiery, with competent instructors, arms, and a part of their ammunition, besides allowing to each corps certain grants proportioned to the number of efficient members, etc. A British volunteer can resign on giving a fortnight's notice, except in a crisis of imminent danger to the country. In the United States the army of volunteers comprises, to all intents and purposes— the regular unpaid forces of State militia which, when called into the actual service of the United States, receive pay from the government, and are subject to the rules and articles of war, and that class of troops which may from time to time be raised by Congress on occasions of national emergency. Such troops are properly United States troops, and the method of officering them is designated by Congress.
    • n volunteer In law, one who claims the benefit of a contract or conveyance although no consideration proceeded from him nor from any one in whose place he stands.
    • n volunteer A tree which grows spontaneously: as, that pear-tree in my garden is a volunteer.
    • volunteer Entering into military service by free will and choice: as, a volunteer soldier.
    • volunteer Composed of volunteers: as, a volunteer corps.
    • volunteer To offer, contribute, or bestow voluntarily, or without constraint or compulsion.
    • volunteer To enter into any service of one's free will, without constraint or compulsion: as, to volunteer for a campaign
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Volunteer vol-un-tēr′ one who enters any service, esp. military, voluntarily or of his own free choice: a soldier belonging to any body other than the regular army
    • adj Volunteer entering into service voluntarily
    • v.t Volunteer to offer voluntarily
    • v.i Volunteer to enter into any service of one's own free-will or without being asked
    • ***


  • William James
    “For morality life is a war, and the service of the highest is a sort of cosmic patriotism which also calls for volunteers.”
  • Julius Caesar
    “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”
  • Thomas J. Jackson
    Thomas J. Jackson
    “The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. volontaire,. See Voluntary (a.)


In literature:

The volunteer of 1861 made extensive preparations for the field.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
A war had broken out with the Black Hawk Indians, and volunteers were called for to drive them out of the country.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
I immediately called for volunteers to rescue the remaining two women, and soon had my choice.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
The colony possessed a Volunteer Rifle Company, some 120 strong, and two nine-pounder field-guns.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
Also, good-looking seamen employed to entice volunteers.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Keenan was a prominent fire chief in those days of volunteer firemen.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
On the extreme right, when day broke, was General French with a Cavalry Brigade and some volunteers.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
He has only a handful an' I heard that the volunteers won't stay.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
The hero on this occasion was Captain Hastings, an English volunteer.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Every available Shoka had joined my party, and no inducement brought more volunteers.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor

In poetry:

And I know He'd not forget me,
When the day of peace appears,
I should share with Him the victory
Of all the volunteers.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas
The boat pushed from the vessel’s side
Amid the ringing cheers;
And now beneath Old Ocean sleep
The Seabolt’s volunteers.
"'The Seabolt's Volunteers'" by Henry Lawson
Then we ran short of ammunition,
So they called for a volunteer
To go 'n' borrow some from the enemy (!)
And wish 'em a Happy New Year !
"The Bugle Calls? (Rat-a-tat! Plonk! Plonk!)" by T W Connor
Again a verse for sake of you,
You soldiers in the ranks—you Volunteers,
Who bravely fighting, silent fell,
To fill unmention'd graves.
"Ashes Of Soldiers" by Walt Whitman
Oh, stronger than all, for defence of her coast,
Her Volunteer patriots—her glory and boast;
No foot of invader her soil shall profane,
True hearts and true rifles she trusts not in vain.
"British Volunteers" by Janet Hamilton
'Twas hard to realize on
This snug side the mute horizon
That beyond it hostile armaments might steer,
Save from seeing in the porchway a fair woman weep with eyes on
A harnessed Volunteer.
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Red Cross volunteers astounded by hurricane aftermath.
Congratulations to this week's Volunteer Fire Company of the week: The Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company in Hamburg, NY.
Joplin tornado volunteer nears end of 18-month journey.
Treating volunteers for research-related injuries and compensating them for harm.
He jumped right in, volunteering for several organizations.
Marker to honor volunteer efforts in community.
Volunteers at Saint Michael Lutheran and Christ Church Episcopal in Blacksburg bought around $15 apiece worth of gifts.
With just two paid positions, the department relies on finding volunteers.
Karl Erie, left, Sean McMullen, and Brittany Schmit are volunteers with Conservation Corp MN.
The Heroes Unite, It's about Life campaign is currently underway with volunteer blood donors that donate with the Siouxland Community Blood Bank .
John Edwards speaks to youth center volunteers Sunday in San Antonio, Texas.
The Brookside Fire Department is just one of a many dedicated volunteer departments that line the National Road span between Bridgeport and St Clairsville.
Volunteer Park, Brownsville , TN.
One youth council member said she volunteered because the large reseeding effort required many volunteers.
On Saturday, August 25, 2012, twelve (12) volunteers and eight (8) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees participated in a Volunteer Day to enhance the Crawford, Colorado population of Gunnison sage-grouse .

In science:

Our conjecture is supported by the information about winning strategies that some of the sub jects volunteered to share with us (anonymously).
Is It Real, or Is It Randomized?: A Financial Turing Test
The reasons are easy to guess—refereeing is tedious volunteer work which confers inadequate professional rewards.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
With the present update of ZFITTER and its description, the maintenance of the program has been migrated to a group of volunteers, the ZFITTER support group.
ZFITTER: a semi-analytical program for fermion pair production in e+e- annihilation, from version 6.21 to version 6.42
Discuss as a class During this phase, teachers typically ask for volunteers to defend or otherwise explain their choices. Because students have had the opportunity to explain their reasoning in the smallgroup format, they are often more likely to share their reasoning in the whole-class setting.
ASK-IT/A2L: Assessing student knowlede with instructional technology
The 2005 JCDL bid data provides a complete overview of which PC member actually volunteered to review which submissions.
An Algorithm to Determine Peer-Reviewers