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march

2 [mahrch]
noun
1.
a tract of land along a border of a country; frontier.
2.
the border districts between England and Scotland, or England and Wales.
verb (used without object)
3.
to touch at the border; border.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English marche < Anglo-French, Old French < Germanic; compare Old English gemearc, Gothic marka boundary; see mark1

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march1 (mɑːtʃ)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to walk or proceed with stately or regular steps, usually in a procession or military formation
2.  (tr) to make (a person or group) proceed: he marched his army to the town
3.  (tr) to traverse or cover by marching: to march a route
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of marching
5.  a regular stride: a slow march
6.  a long or exhausting walk
7.  advance; progression (of time, etc)
8.  a distance or route covered by marching
9.  a piece of music, usually in four beats to the bar, having a strongly accented rhythm
10.  steal a march on to gain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand enterprise
 
[C16: from Old French marchier to tread, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old English mearcian to mark1]
 
'marcher1
 
n

march2 (mɑːtʃ)
 
n
1.  Also called: marchland a frontier, border, or boundary or the land lying along it, often of disputed ownership
 
vb
2.  (intr; often foll by upon or with) to share a common border (with)
 
[C13: from Old French marche, from Germanic; related to mark1]

March1 (mɑːtʃ)
 
n
the third month of the year, consisting of 31 days
 
[from Old French, from Latin Martius (month) of Mars]

March2 (març)
 
n
the German name for the Morava

MArch
 
abbreviation for
Master of Architecture

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Word Origin & History

march
early 15c., from M.Fr. marcher "to march, walk," from O.Fr. marchier "to stride, march," originally "to trample," perhaps from Frankish *markon (from source of obsolete M.E. march (n.) "borderland," (see march (n.)). Or possibly from Gallo-Roman *marcare, from L. marcus "hammer,"
via notion of "tramping the feet." Noun meaning "act of marching" is from 1580s. The musical sense first attested 1570s, from notion of "rhythmic drumbeat" for marching. Marching band is attested from 1955.

march
(obs.) "boundary," late 13c. (in ref. to the borderlands beside Wales, rendering O.E. Mercia), from O.Fr. marche "boundary, frontier," from Frank. *marka (cf. O.H.G. marchon "to mark out, delimit," Ger. Mark "boundary;" see mark (1)).

March
c.1200, from Anglo-Fr. marche, from O.Fr. marz, from L. Martius (mensis) "(month) of Mars," from Mars (gen. Martis). Replaced O.E. hreðmonaþ, of uncertain meaning, perhaps from hræd "quick, nimble, ready, active, alert, prompt." For March hare, proverbial type of madness, see mad.
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