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1. a business enterprise
2. the members of an enterprise not specifically mentioned in the enterprise's title
3. a group of actors, usually including business and technical personnel
4. the officers and crew of a ship
5. a unit of Girl Guides
6. English history a medieval guild



a tactical unit in motorized rifle (motorized infantry or infantry), tank, airborne, engineer, and other troops.

The first companies were formed in the mercenary armies of the Western European states in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. In the Russian Army companies were formed in the “regiments of the new order” and were subdivisions of infantry, cavalry, and artillery regiments. In the Russian Army cavalry companies were replaced by squadrons in the early 18th century, and in 1833 artillery companies were renamed batteries. By the start of World War I, companies in the different armies had 200–250 men; by the start of World War II, their size was 120–150.

The present-day company usually has several platoons and is part of a battalion. For example, in the US armed forces an infantry or motorized infantry company consists of the company administration, three infantry or motorized infantry platoons, and a weapons platoon; it has approximately 200 men. In the armed forces of the United States, Great Britain, and other countries, divisions, brigades, and battalions have headquarters companies.

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This moral mystery seemed too much for the company until Mr.
At length it drew on to evening, and the last company of the witch- doctors did their work, smelling out some of the keepers of the Emposeni, the house of the women.
Two months after the Western Union had given its weighty endorsement to the telephone, these men organized a company to do business in New England only, and put fifty thousand dollars in its treasury.
The company sat down to meat, and the guest was treated to two more disturbing surprise.
On the 5th of March, 1867, the Moravian, of the Montreal Ocean Company, finding herself during the night in 27@ 30' lat.
In 1830, the association took the name of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, of which Captain Sublette and Robert Campbell were prominent members.
Several of the partners resided in Montreal and Quebec, to manage the main concerns of the company.
Good company requires only birth, education, and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice.
Commander of the third company wanted by the general
At other places sat the Hungry Tiger, the Cowardly Lion, the Saw-Horse, the Rubber Bear, the Fox King and the Donkey King; they made quite a company of animals.
Methinks I have some remembrance of the lilt," remarked the gleeman, running his fingers over the strings, "Hoping that it will give thee no offence, most holy sir"--with a vicious snap at Alleyne--"and with the kind permit of the company, I will even venture upon it.
So when a man had to travel he tried to arrange to go in company with others.