REGULAR , orderly, following or arranged according to a
See also:rule (
See also:regula, whence O.Fr. reule, whence
See also:English " rule "), steady,
See also:uniform, formally correct . The earliest and only use in English until the 16th century was in the Med . Lat. sense of regularis, one bound by and subject to the rule (regula) of a monastic or religious
See also:order, a member of the " regular " as opposed to the " secular "
See also:clergy, and so, as a substantive, a regular, i.e. a
See also:monk or friar . Another specific application is to that portion of the armed forces of a nation which are organized on a permanent
See also:system, the
See also:standing army, as opposed to " irregulars," levies raised on a voluntary basis and disbanded when the particular
See also:campaign or war for which they were raised is at an end . In the
See also:British army, the forces were divided into regulars, militia and
See also:volunteers, until 1906, when they were divided into regular and territorial forces .
MARCUS ATILIUS REGULUS
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