—adj. 1. of, for, or pertaining to the army or armed forces, often as distinguished from the navy: from civilian to military life. 2. of, for, or pertaining to war: military preparedness. 3. of or pertaining to soldiers.
4. befitting, characteristic of, or noting a soldier: a military bearing. 5. following the life of a soldier: a military career. 6. performed by soldiers: military duty.
—n. the military, a. the military establishment of a nation; the armed forces.
b. military personnel, esp. commissioned officers, taken collectively: the bar, the press, and the military.