soldiers; a force; an army; weapons; arms; military; warlike

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阿兵哥 阿兵哥 a1 bing1 ge1
(coll.) soldier boy

哀兵必胜 哀兵必勝 ai1 bing1 bi4 sheng4
an army burning with righteous indignation is bound to win (idiom)

按兵不动 按兵不動 an4 bing1 bu4 dong4
to hold back one's troops without moving (idiom); to bide one's time

案兵束甲 案兵束甲 an4 bing1 shu4 jia3
to rest weapons and loosen armor (idiom); to relax from fighting

案甲休兵 案甲休兵 an4 jia3 xiu1 bing1
to put down weapon and let soldiers rest (idiom); to relax from fighting

搬兵 搬兵 ban1 bing1
to call for reinforcements; to bring in troops

杯酒释兵权 杯酒釋兵權 bei1 jiu3 shi4 bing1 quan2
to dismiss military hierarchy using wine cups; cf Song founding Emperor Song Taizu 宋太祖 holds a banquet in 961 and persuades his senior army commanders to go home to their provinces

变兵 變兵 bian4 bing1
rebel soldier

标兵 標兵 biao1 bing1
parade guards (usually spaced out along parade routes); example; model; pacesetter

兵败如山倒 兵敗如山倒 bing1 bai4 ru2 shan1 dao3
troops in defeat like a landslide (idiom); a beaten army in total collapse

兵变 兵變 bing1 bian4
mutiny; (Tw) to be dumped by one's girlfriend while serving in the army

兵部 兵部 bing1 bu4
Ministry of War (in imperial China)

兵不血刃 兵不血刃 bing1 bu4 xue4 ren4
lit. no blood on the men's swords (idiom); fig. an effortless victory

兵不厌诈 兵不厭詐 bing1 bu4 yan4 zha4
there can never be too much deception in war; in war nothing is too deceitful; all's fair in war

兵船 兵船 bing1 chuan2
man-of-war; naval vessel; warship

兵队 兵隊 bing1 dui4

兵法 兵法 bing1 fa3
art of war; military strategy and tactics

兵戈 兵戈 bing1 ge1
weapons; arms; fighting; war

兵戈扰攘 兵戈擾攘 bing1 ge1 rao3 rang3
arms and confusion (idiom); turmoil of war

兵工厂 兵工廠 bing1 gong1 chang3
munitions factory

兵贵神速 兵貴神速 bing1 gui4 shen2 su4
lit. speed is a crucial asset in war (idiom); fig. swift and resolute (in doing sth)

兵荒马乱 兵荒馬亂 bing1 huang1 ma3 luan4
soldiers munity and troops rebel (idiom); turmoil and chaos of war

兵家 兵家 bing1 jia1
military strategist in ancient China; military commander; soldier

兵家 兵家 bing1 jia1
the School of the Military, one of the Hundred Schools of Thought 諸子百家|诸子百家 of the Warring States Period (475-220 BC)

兵家常事 兵家常事 bing1 jia1 chang2 shi4
commonplace in military operations (idiom)

兵舰 兵艦 bing1 jian4

兵精粮足 兵精糧足 bing1 jing1 liang2 zu2
elite soldiers, ample provisions (idiom); well-prepared forces; preparations for war are in an advanced state

兵库 兵庫 bing1 ku4
Hyōgo prefecture in the midwest of Japan's main island Honshū 本州

兵库县 兵庫縣 bing1 ku4 xian4
Hyōgo prefecture in the midwest of Japan's main island Honshū 本州

兵来将挡,水来土掩 兵來將擋,水來土掩 bing1 lai2 jiang4 dang3 - shui3 lai2 tu3 yan3
counter soldiers with arms, water with an earth weir (idiom); different situations call for different action; to adopt measures appropriate to the actual situation

兵来将敌,水来土堰 兵來將敵,水來土堰 bing1 lai2 jiang4 di2 - shui3 lai2 tu3 yan4
counter soldiers with arms, water with an earth weir (idiom); different situations call for different action; to adopt measures appropriate to the actual situation

兵力 兵力 bing1 li4
military strength; armed forces; troops

兵连祸结 兵連禍結 bing1 lian2 huo4 jie2
ravaged by successive wars; war-torn; war-ridden

兵临城下 兵臨城下 bing1 lin2 cheng2 xia4
soldiers at the city walls (idiom); fig. at a critical juncture

兵乱 兵亂 bing1 luan4
confusion of war; turmoil of war

兵马 兵馬 bing1 ma3
troops and horses; military forces

兵马未动,粮草先行 兵馬未動,糧草先行 bing1 ma3 wei4 dong4 - liang2 cao3 xian1 xing2
before the troops move, fodder and provisions go first (idiom); logistics comes before military maneuvers; an army marches on its stomach

兵马俑 兵馬俑 bing1 ma3 yong3
figurines of warriors and horses buried with the dead; Terracotta Army (historic site)

兵痞 兵痞 bing1 pi3
army riffraff; army ruffian; soldier of fortune

兵器 兵器 bing1 qi4
weaponry; weapons; arms

兵器术 兵器術 bing1 qi4 shu4
martial arts involving weapons

兵强马壮 兵強馬壯 bing1 qiang2 ma3 zhuang4
lit. strong soldiers and sturdy horses (idiom); fig. a well-trained and powerful army

兵权 兵權 bing1 quan2
military leadership; military power

兵刃 兵刃 bing1 ren4
(bladed) weapons

兵戎 兵戎 bing1 rong2
arms; weapons

兵戎相见 兵戎相見 bing1 rong2 xiang1 jian4
to meet on the battlefield (idiom)

兵士 兵士 bing1 shi4
ordinary soldier

兵书 兵書 bing1 shu1
a book on the art of war

兵团 兵團 bing1 tuan2
large military unit; formation; corps; army

兵饷 兵餉 bing1 xiang3
pay and provisions for soldiers

兵蚁 兵蟻 bing1 yi3
soldier ant; dinergate

兵役 兵役 bing1 yi4
military service

兵营 兵營 bing1 ying2
military camp; barracks

兵员 兵員 bing1 yuan2
soldiers; troops

兵源 兵源 bing1 yuan2
manpower resources (for military service); sources of troops

兵站 兵站 bing1 zhan4
army service station; military depot

兵制 兵制 bing1 zhi4
military system

兵种 兵種 bing1 zhong3
(military) branch of the armed forces

兵卒 兵卒 bing1 zu2
soldiers; troops

步兵 步兵 bu4 bing1
infantry; foot; infantryman; foot soldier

裁兵 裁兵 cai2 bing1
to reduce troop numbers; disarmament

残兵败将 殘兵敗將 can2 bing1 bai4 jiang4
ruined army, defeated general (idiom); scattered remnants

草草收兵 草草收兵 cao3 cao3 shou1 bing1
to work vaguely then retreat (idiom); sloppy and half-hearted; half-baked

草木皆兵 草木皆兵 cao3 mu4 jie1 bing1
lit. every tree or bush an enemy soldier (idiom); fig. to panic and treat everyone as an enemy; to feel beleaguered

草率收兵 草率收兵 cao3 shuai4 shou1 bing1
to work vaguely then retreat (idiom); sloppy and half-hearted; half-baked

撤兵 撤兵 che4 bing1
to withdraw troops; to retreat

陈兵 陳兵 chen2 bing1
to deploy troops; to mass troops

陈桥兵变 陳橋兵變 chen2 qiao2 bing1 bian4
the military revolt of 960 that led Zhao Kuangyin 趙匡胤|赵匡胤 to found the Song dynasty

出兵 出兵 chu1 bing1
to send troops

传令兵 傳令兵 chuan2 ling4 bing1

带兵 帶兵 dai4 bing1
to lead troops

担架兵 擔架兵 dan1 jia4 bing1
stretcher bearer (military)

当兵 當兵 dang1 bing1
to serve in the army; to be a soldier

点兵 點兵 dian3 bing1
to muster troops; (fig.) to gather forces

调兵遣将 調兵遣將 diao4 bing1 qian3 jiang4
to move an army and send a general (idiom); to deploy an army; to send a team on a task

调兵山 調兵山 diao4 bing1 shan1
Mt Diaobingshan in Tieling; Diaobingshan district of Tieling city 鐵嶺市|铁岭市, Liaoning

调兵山市 調兵山市 diao4 bing1 shan1 shi4
Diaobingshan district of Tieling city 鐵嶺市|铁岭市, Liaoning

短兵相接 短兵相接 duan3 bing1 xiang1 jie1
lit. short-weaponed soldiery fight one another (idiom); fierce hand-to-hand infantry combat; to fight at close quarters

发兵 發兵 fa1 bing1
to dispatch an army; to send troops

分巡兵备道 分巡兵備道 fen1 xun2 bing1 bei4 dao4
Qing Dynasty General Supervisory and Military Command

伏兵 伏兵 fu2 bing1
hidden troops; ambush

富国强兵 富國強兵 fu4 guo2 qiang2 bing1
lit. rich country, strong army (idiom); slogan of legalist philosophers in pre-Han times; Make the country wealthy and the military powerful, slogan of modernizers in Qing China and Meiji Japan (Japanese pronunciation: Fukoku kyōhei)

工兵 工兵 gong1 bing1
military engineer

工农兵 工農兵 gong1 nong2 bing1
workers, peasants, and soldiers; the proletariat

雇佣兵 雇傭兵 gu4 yong1 bing1
mercenary; hired gun

官兵 官兵 guan1 bing1
officers and men

国富兵强 國富兵強 guo2 fu4 bing1 qiang2
prosperous country with military might

好兵帅克 好兵帥克 hao3 bing1 shuai4 ke4
The Good Soldier Švejk (Schweik), satirical novel by Czech author Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923)

号兵 號兵 hao4 bing1
bugler; trumpeter (military)

红卫兵 紅衛兵 hong2 wei4 bing1
Red Guard(s) (during the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976)

缓兵之计 緩兵之計 huan3 bing1 zhi1 ji4
delaying tactics; stalling; measures to stave off an attack; stratagem to win a respite

交兵 交兵 jiao1 bing1
in a state of war

骄兵必败 驕兵必敗 jiao1 bing1 bi4 bai4
lit. an arrogant army is bound to lose (idiom); fig. pride goes before a fall

精兵 精兵 jing1 bing1
elite troops

空降兵 空降兵 kong1 jiang4 bing1

溃兵 潰兵 kui4 bing1
defeated troops; routed army; scattered soldiers

老兵 老兵 lao3 bing1

练兵 練兵 lian4 bing1
to drill troops; army training

列兵 列兵 lie4 bing1
private (army)

绿旗兵 綠旗兵 lv4 qi2 bing1
same as 綠營|绿营, Green standard army, standing infantry during Qing dynasty, originally formed from Ming and other Chinese army units

绿营兵 綠營兵 lv4 ying2 bing1
Green standard army, standing infantry during Qing dynasty, originally formed from Ming and other Chinese army units

民兵 民兵 min2 bing1
people's militia; militia; militiaman

鸣金收兵 鳴金收兵 ming2 jin1 shou1 bing1
to beat the gong to recall troops (idiom); to order a retreat

弩兵 弩兵 nu3 bing1
archer; infantry armed with crossbow

排头兵 排頭兵 pai2 tou2 bing1
lit. frontline troops; leader; trailblazer; pacesetter

派兵 派兵 pai4 bing1
to dispatch troops

炮兵 炮兵 pao4 bing1
artillery soldier; gunner

赔了夫人又折兵 賠了夫人又折兵 pei2 le5 fu1 ren2 you4 zhe2 bing1
having given away a bride, to lose one's army on top of it (idiom); to suffer a double loss after trying to trick the enemy

旗兵 旗兵 qi2 bing1
Manchurian soldier

骑兵 騎兵 qi2 bing1

奇兵 奇兵 qi2 bing1
troops appearing suddenly (in a raid or ambush)

强兵 強兵 qiang2 bing1
strong soldiers; make the military powerful (political slogan)

强将手下无弱兵 強將手下無弱兵 qiang2 jiang4 shou3 xia4 wu2 ruo4 bing1
there are no poor soldiers under a good general (idiom)

勤务兵 勤務兵 qin2 wu4 bing1
army orderly

清兵 清兵 qing1 bing1
Qing troops; Manchu soldiers

穷兵黩武 窮兵黷武 qiong2 bing1 du2 wu3
to engage in wars of aggression at will (idiom); militaristic; bellicose

全民皆兵 全民皆兵 quan2 min2 jie1 bing1
to bring the entire nation to arms (idiom)

冗兵 冗兵 rong3 bing1
superfluous troops

伞兵 傘兵 san3 bing1

散兵 散兵 san3 bing1
loose and disorganized soldiers; stragglers; fig. a loner

散兵坑 散兵坑 san3 bing1 keng1
foxhole (military)

散兵游勇 散兵遊勇 san3 bing1 you2 yong3
lit. straggling and disbanded soldiers (idiom); fig. disorganized uncoordinated action

上等兵 上等兵 shang4 deng3 bing1
private first class (army rank)

哨兵 哨兵 shao4 bing1

士兵 士兵 shi4 bing1

收兵 收兵 shou1 bing1
to retreat; to withdraw troops; to recall troops; fig. to finish work; to wind up; to call it a day; used with negatives: the task is far from over

守兵 守兵 shou3 bing1
guard; garrison soldier

双后前兵开局 雙后前兵開局 shuang1 hou4 qian2 bing1 kai1 ju2
Double Queen Pawn Opening; Closed Game (chess); same as 封閉性開局|封闭性开局

水兵 水兵 shui3 bing1
enlisted sailor in navy

孙膑兵法 孫臏兵法 sun1 bin4 bing1 fa3
Sun Bin's "The Art of War"

孙子兵法 孫子兵法 sun1 zi3 bing1 fa3
“Art of War”, one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书, written by Sun Tzu 孫子|孙子

太公兵法 太公兵法 tai4 gong1 bing1 fa3
alternative name for ”Three Strategies of Huang Shigong” 黃石公三略|黄石公三略, one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书

逃兵 逃兵 tao2 bing1
army deserter

特种兵 特種兵 te4 zhong3 bing1
commando; special forces soldier

天兵 天兵 tian1 bing1
celestial soldier; (old) imperial troops; (Tw, jocular) clumsy army recruit; (more generally) bungler; screw-up

天兵天将 天兵天將 tian1 bing1 tian1 jiang4
celestial troops and generals (idiom); fig. superior forces

娃娃兵 娃娃兵 wa2 wa5 bing1
child soldier

亡兵纪念日 亡兵紀念日 wang2 bing1 ji4 nian4 ri4
Memorial Day (American holiday)

卫兵 衛兵 wei4 bing1
guard; bodyguard

文艺兵 文藝兵 wen2 yi4 bing1
PLA military personnel who specialize in literary or artistic pursuits

虾兵蟹将 蝦兵蟹將 xia1 bing1 xie4 jiang4
shrimp soldiers and crab generals (in mythology or popular fiction, the army of the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea); useless troops (idiom)

先礼后兵 先禮後兵 xian1 li3 hou4 bing1
peaceful measures before using force (idiom); diplomacy before violence; jaw-jaw is better than war-war

宪兵 憲兵 xian4 bing1
military police

宪兵队 憲兵隊 xian4 bing1 dui4
the Kempeitai or Japanese Military Police 1881-1945 (Japanese counterpart of the Gestapo during WWII)

新兵 新兵 xin1 bing1
new (army) recruit

兴兵 興兵 xing1 bing1
to send troops

休兵 休兵 xiu1 bing1
to cease fire; armistice; rested troops

养兵 養兵 yang3 bing1
to train troops

养兵千日,用兵一时 養兵千日,用兵一時 yang3 bing1 qian1 ri4 - yong4 bing1 yi1 shi2
lit. Train an army for a thousand days to use it for an hour. (idiom); fig. extensive preparation eventually pays off

养兵千日,用在一时 養兵千日,用在一時 yang3 bing1 qian1 ri4 - yong4 zai4 yi1 shi2
see 養兵千日,用兵一時|养兵千日,用兵一时

养兵千日,用在一朝 養兵千日,用在一朝 yang3 bing1 qian1 ri4 - yong4 zai4 yi1 zhao1
lit. train an army for a thousand days to use it for one morning (idiom); fig. extensive preparation eventually pays off

疑兵 疑兵 yi2 bing1
troops deployed to mislead the enemy

佣兵 傭兵 yong1 bing1
mercenary; hired gun

援兵 援兵 yuan2 bing1

阅兵 閱兵 yue4 bing1
to review troops; military parade

阅兵式 閱兵式 yue4 bing1 shi4
military parade

增兵 增兵 zeng1 bing1
to reinforce; to increase troop numbers; reinforcements; extra troops

招兵 招兵 zhao1 bing1
to recruit soldiers

招兵买马 招兵買馬 zhao1 bing1 mai3 ma3
to recruit soldiers and buy horses (idiom); to raise a large army; fig. to expand business; to recruit new staff

侦察兵 偵察兵 zhen1 cha2 bing1
a scout; spy

征兵 徵兵 zheng1 bing1
to levy troops; recruitment

拯救大兵瑞恩 拯救大兵瑞恩 zheng3 jiu4 da4 bing1 rui4 en1
Saving Private Ryan (1998 movie)

纸上谈兵 紙上談兵 zhi3 shang4 tan2 bing1
lit. military tactics on paper (idiom); fig. theoretical discussion that is worse than useless in practice; armchair strategist; idle theorizing; cf Zhao Kuo 趙括|赵括 leading an army of 400,000 to total annihilation at battle of Changping 長平之戰|长平之战 in 260 BC

志愿兵 志願兵 zhi4 yuan4 bing1
volunteer soldier

重兵 重兵 zhong4 bing1
massive military force