/mahrch/, v.i.
1. to walk with regular and measured tread, as soldiers on parade; advance in step in an organized body.
2. to walk in a stately, deliberate manner.
3. to go forward; advance; proceed: Time marches on.
4. to cause to march.
5. march on, to march toward, as in protest or in preparation for confrontation or battle: The angry mob marched on the Bastille.
6. the act or course of marching.
7. the distance covered in a single period of marching.
8. advance; progress; forward movement: the march of science.
9. a piece of music with a rhythm suited to accompany marching.
10. on the march, moving ahead; progressing; advancing: Automation is on the march.
11. steal a march on, to gain an advantage over, esp. secretly or slyly.
[1375-1425; late ME marchen < MF march(i)er, OF marchier to tread, move < Frankish *markon presumably, to mark, pace out (a boundary); see MARK1]
/mahrch/, n.
1. a tract of land along a border of a country; frontier.
2. marches, the border districts between England and Scotland, or England and Wales.
3. to touch at the border; border.
[1250-1300; ME marche < AF, OF < Gmc; cf. OE gemearc, Goth marka boundary; see MARK1]

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Musical form having an even metre with strongly accented beats, originally intended to facilitate military marching.

Development of the European march may have been stimulated by the Ottoman invasions of the 14th–16th centuries. Marches were not notated until the late 16th century; until then, time was generally kept by percussion alone, often with improvised fife embellishment. With the extensive development of brass instruments, especially in the 19th century, marches became widely popular and were often elaborately orchestrated. Composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Gustav Mahler wrote marches, often incorporating them into their operas, sonatas, or symphonies. The later popularity of John Philip Sousa's band marches was unmatched.
(as used in expressions)
Hoe Robert and Hoe Richard March
March Frederic
Rome March on

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 third month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named after Mars, the Roman god of war. Originally, March was the first month of the Roman calendar.

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