marching n : the act of marching; walking with regular steps (especially in a procession of some kind); "it was a long march"; "we heard the sound of marching" [syn: march]
- present participle of march
- The action of the verb to march.
- That marches.
Marching refers to the organized, uniformed, steady and rhythmic walking forward, usually associated with military troops.
Marching is part of basic training in the military in most countries. In most cases, marching uses a system of drill commands. Learning to march by obeying commands is considered a form of discipline.
While marching, individuals must maintain their dress, cover, interval, and distance (DCID):
- dress — alignment with the person to the side;
- cover — alignment with the person in front;
- interval — space between the person(s) to the side;
- distance — space between the person in front.
In Northern Ireland marching is a major part of the culture, with hundreds of marches occurring annually. These are usually organized by groups such as the Orange Order, which provide most of the participants. Music is provided by marching bands including silver bands, flute bands and others. Marching is often seen as a symbol of control over a particular area, and marching is often seen as a sectarian activity.
Military pacesIn the military there are various standard paces. A pace is two steps, i.e. twice the number of beats (120 beats/min is 60 paces/min, etc.)
- Quick March: The basic mobility. 120-beats/min (2 hertz), 30" pace.
- Double March: The basic run. 240-beats/min (4 hertz).
- Highland March: Regiment specific pace, 80-beats/min. Used when wearing kilts.
- Rifle March: Regiment specific pace, 180-beats/min.
- Slow March: Ceremonial pace, 40-60 beats/min.
- Parade March: Usually seen combined with music, ~108 beats/min. in the UK, ~120 beats/min. in the USA
- Foreign Legion Pace: 88 beats/min
- Paso Legionario: Specific march used by the Spanish Legion, 144 beats/min, embodiment of their "espiritu de marcha".
marching in Bengali: কুচকাওয়াজ
marching in German: Marsch
marching in Macedonian: Марширање
marching in Dutch: Marcheren
marching in Finnish: Marssi
marching in Swedish: Marsch (transport)
marching in Contenese: 步操
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