march

1 of 5

noun (1)

: a border region : frontier
especially : a district originally set up to defend a boundary
usually used in plural
the Welsh marches

march

2 of 5

verb (1)

marched; marching; marches

intransitive verb

: to have common borders or frontiers
a region that marches with Canada in the north and the Pacific in the west

march

3 of 5

verb (2)

ˈmärch How to pronounce march (audio)
 imperatively often  in the military ˈhärch
marched; marching; marches

intransitive verb

1
: to move along steadily usually with a rhythmic stride and in step with others
2
a
: to move in a direct purposeful manner : proceed
b
: to make steady progress : advance
time marches on
3
: to stand in orderly array suggestive of marching

transitive verb

1
: to cause to march
marched the children off to bed
2
: to cover by marching : traverse
marched 10 miles

march

4 of 5

noun (2)

1
: a musical composition that is usually in duple or quadruple time with a strongly accentuated beat and that is designed or suitable to accompany marching
2
a(1)
: the action of marching
(2)
: the distance covered within a specific period of time by marching
(3)
: a regular measured stride or rhythmic step used in marching
b
: forward movement : progress
the march of a movie toward the climax
3
: an organized procession of demonstrators who are supporting or protesting something
marchlike adjective

March

5 of 5

noun (3)

: the third month of the Gregorian calendar
Phrases
on the march
: moving steadily : advancing

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English marche, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German marha boundary — more at mark

Verb (2)

Middle English, from Middle French marchier to trample, march, from Old French, to trample, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German marcōn to mark

Noun (3)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin martius, from martius of Mars, from Mart-, Mars

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of march was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“March.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/march. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

march

1 of 4 noun
1
: a border region : frontier
2
: a district originally set up to defend a boundary
usually used in plural
the Welsh marches

march

2 of 4 verb
1
: to move along with a steady regular stride especially in step with others
2
: to move in a direct purposeful manner : progress
marcher noun

march

3 of 4 noun
1
a
: the action of marching
b
: the distance covered within a period of time by marching
c
: a regular even step used in marching
2
: forward movement : progress
the march of time
3
: a musical piece with a strong regular rhythm that is suitable to march to

March

4 of 4 noun
: the third month of the year

Medical Definition

march

noun
: the progression of epileptic activity through the motor centers of the cerebral cortex that is manifested in localized convulsions in first one and then an adjacent part of the body
the Jacksonian march of convulsions

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