Soldering iron, Soldering tool, an instrument for soldering, consisting of a bit or bolt of copper having
a pointed or wedge-shaped end, and furnished with a handle.
(Sol"dier) n. [OE. souldier, soudiour, souder, OF. soldier, soldoier, soldeier, sodoier, soudoier,
soudier, fr. L. solidus a piece of money (hence applied to the pay of a soldier), fr. solidus solid. See
Solid, and cf. Sold, n.]
1. One who is engaged in military service as an officer or a private; one who serves in an army; one of
an organized body of combatants.
I am a soldier and unapt to weep.Shak.
2. Especially, a private in military service, as distinguished from an officer.
It were meet that any one, before he came to be a captain, should have been a soldier.Spenser.
3. A brave warrior; a man of military experience and skill, or a man of distinguished valor; used by
way of emphasis or distinction. Shak.
4. (Zoöl.) The red or cuckoo gurnard (Trigla pini.) [Prov. Eng.]
5. (Zoöl.) One of the asexual polymorphic forms of white ants, or termites, in which the head and jaws
are very large and strong. The soldiers serve to defend the nest. See Termite.
Soldier beetle (Zoöl.), an American carabid beetle (Chauliognathus Americanus) whose larva feeds
upon other insects, such as the plum curculio. Soldier bug (Zoöl.), any hemipterous insect of the
genus Podisus and allied genera, as the spined soldier bug These bugs suck the blood of other insects.
Soldier crab (Zoöl.) (a) The hermit crab. (b) The fiddler crab. Soldier fish (Zoöl.), a bright-
colored etheostomoid fish (Etheostoma cruleum) found in the Mississippi River; called also blue darter,
and rainbow darter. Soldier fly (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of small dipterous flies of
the genus Stratyomys and allied genera. They are often bright green, with a metallic luster, and are
ornamented on the sides of the back with markings of yellow, like epaulets or shoulder straps. Soldier
moth (Zoöl.), a large geometrid moth having the wings bright yellow with bluish black lines and spots.
Soldier orchis (Bot.), a kind of orchis (Orchis militaris).
(Sol"dier), v. i.
1. To serve as a soldier.
2. To make a pretense of doing something, or of performing any task. [Colloq.U.S.]
In this sense the vulgar pronounciation (so"jer) is jocosely preserved.
It needs an opera glass to discover whether the leaders are pulling, or only soldiering.C. D. Warner.
(Sol"dier*ess), n. A female soldier. [Obs.]
1. The act of serving as a soldier; the state of being a soldier; the occupation of a soldier.
2. The act of feigning to work. See the Note under Soldier, v. i., 2. [Colloq. U.S.]
(Sol"dier*like") a. Like a soldier; soldierly.
(Sol"dier*ly), a. Like or becoming a real soldier; brave; martial; heroic; honorable; soldierlike. "Soldierly
discipline." Sir P. Sidney.