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open order

noun, Military.
a troop formation for drill or basic combat training, the intervals between the individuals being greater than those in close order.
Also called extended order.
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1615-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Behind them, however, in an open-order skirmish-line, came fifty-odd with weapons.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for open-order

open order

(military) a formation that allows additional space between the ranks of a guard or inspected unit to allow the inspecting officer to pass
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