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Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States (1861-1865), who was Commander-in-Chief of the Union troops during the American Civil War and who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, thus bringing an end to slavery in the United States (b.1809--d.1865).
abstract expressionism (sometimes cap.) a school of painting that arose after World War II and that was marked by expressive but nonrepresentational images formed by an apparently random and often unconventional application of paint.
Agent Orange an extremely toxic defoliant widely used by U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War and now believed to cause cancer and birth defects.
air power a country's military capacity for waging war by air.
allied (cap.) of the Allies in World War I or II. [1/3 definitions]
Allies in World War I, the alliance of France, Great Britain, Russia, and other nations against the Central Powers. [2 definitions]
American Revolution the war of 1775-83 in which the American colonies won their independence from Great Britain.
angary the legal right of a state or nation at war to seize, destroy, or otherwise use the property of a neutral state, provided proper compensation is made.
antebellum in or of the period prior to a war, esp. the American Civil War. (Cf. postbellum.)
antiwar combined form of war.
Anzac a soldier in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during World War I (acronym for "Australia and New Zealand Army Corps"). [1/2 definitions]
apple of discord in Greek mythology, a golden apple that caused jealous discord among three goddesses and indirectly led to the Trojan War. [1/2 definitions]
Ares in Greek mythology, the god of war; Mars.
arm2 to become prepared for a state of war. [1/7 definitions]
armament the process of getting ready for war. [1/4 definitions]
Armistice Day November 11, the anniversary of the armistice ending World War I, called Veterans Day in the United States.
Ashur in Assyrian mythology, the principal god and god of war and empire.
auxiliary (pl.) foreign troops assisting those of a nation at war. [1/7 definitions]
axis (cap.) the alliance of Germany, Italy, Japan, and other nations during the Second World War (prec. by "the"). [1/4 definitions]
B-17 a four-engine U.S. bomber extensively used in World War II; Flying Fortress.
B-29 a heavy U.S. bomber used late in World War II; Superfortress.