Pronunciation: (trOOp), [key]
1. an assemblage of persons or things; company; band.
2. a great number or multitude: A whole troop of children swarmed through the museum.
3. Mil.an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more platoons and a headquarters group.
4. troops,a body of soldiers, police, etc.: Mounted troops quelled the riot.
5. a unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts usually having a maximum of 32 members under the guidance of an adult leader.
6. a herd, flock, or swarm.
7. Archaic.a band or troupe of actors.
1. to gather in a company; flock together.
2. to come, go, or pass in great numbers; throng.
3. to walk, as if in a march; go: to troop down to breakfast.
4. to walk, march, or pass in rank or order: The students trooped into the auditorium.
5. to associate or consort (usually fol. by with).
1. Brit. Mil.to carry (the flag or colors) in a ceremonial way before troops.
2. Obs.to assemble or form into a troop or troops.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.