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dragoon

[druh-goon] /drəˈgun/
noun
1.
(especially formerly) a European cavalryman of a heavily armed troop.
2.
a member of a military unit formerly composed of such cavalrymen, as in the British army.
3.
(formerly) a mounted infantryman armed with a short musket.
verb (used with object)
4.
to set dragoons or soldiers upon; persecute by armed force; oppress.
5.
to force by oppressive measures; coerce:
The authorities dragooned the peasants into leaving their farms.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < French dragon, special use of dragon dragon, applied first to a pistol hammer (so named because of its shape), then to the firearm, then to the troops so armed
Related forms
dragoonage, noun
undragooned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dragoon

dragoon

/drəˈɡuːn/
noun
1.
(originally) a mounted infantryman armed with a carbine
2.
(sometimes capital) a domestic fancy pigeon
3.
  1. a type of cavalryman
  2. (pl; cap when part of a name) the Royal Dragoons
verb (transitive)
4.
to coerce; force he was dragooned into admitting it
5.
to persecute by military force
Derived Forms
dragoonage, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French dragon (special use of dragon), soldier armed with a carbine, perhaps suggesting that a carbine, like a dragon, breathed forth fire
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Word Origin and History for dragoon
dragoon
1622, from Fr. dragon "carbine, musket," because the guns the soldiers carried "breathed fire" like a dragon. The verb is from 1689, lit. "to force by the agency of dragoons" (which were used by the Fr. kings to persecute Protestants).
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dragoon in Technology
language
A distributed, concurrent, object-oriented Ada-based language developed in the Esprit DRAGON project by Colin Atkinson at Imperial College in 1989 (Now at University of Houston, Clear Lake). DRAGOON supports object-oriented programming for embeddable systems and is presently implemented as an Ada preprocessor.
["Object-Oriented Reuse, Concurrency and Distribution: An Ada-Based Approach", C. Atkinson, A-W 1991, ISBN 0-2015-6-5277].
(1999-11-22)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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