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Pronunciation: (bri-gād'), [key]
n., v., -gad•ed, -gad•ing.

1. a military unit having its own headquarters and consisting of two or more regiments, squadrons, groups, or battalions.
2. a large body of troops.
3. a group of individuals organized for a particular purpose: a fire brigade; a rescue brigade.
4. See bucket brigade.
5. Hist.a convoy of canoes, sleds, wagons, or pack animals, esp. as used to supply trappers in the 18th- and 19th-century Canadian and U.S. fur trade.

1. to form into a brigade.
2. to group together.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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