Pronunciation: (trOOp),[key] —n. 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.
—v.i. 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).
—v.t. 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.