- A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.
- A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.
verb (battl, ing)
- The whole intellectual that had at its center the best poem of the best poet of that day. -H. Morley.
- (obsolete) A division of an army; a battalion.
- The king divided his army into three battles. -Bacon.
- The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the , and on it alone depended the fate of every action. -Robertson.
- (obsolete) The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.
Etymology: From Old French bataille (French bataille), from Proto-Romance battualia, from Latin battalia "fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators", from batuere "to strike, beat".
- (intransitive): To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
- (transitive): To assail in battle; to fight.
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