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1      (Military)   a subunit of a company usually comprising three sections of ten to twelve men: commanded by a lieutenant  
2    a group or unit of people, esp. one sharing a common activity, characteristic, etc.  
     (C17: from French peloton little ball, group of men, from pelote ball; see pellet)  
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company, group, outfit     (informal)   patrol, squad, squadron, team  

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Plato, Platonic, plat, Paton

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