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Definitions of battle

  1. battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq"; "We must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they battled over the budget" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Fertile. See Battel, a. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A division of an army; a battalion. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To assail in battle; to fight. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A fight or encounter between opposing forces; a struggle for mastery. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To contend in a fight; to struggle; as, to battle against difficulties. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A contest between opposing armies: a fight or encounter. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To join or contend in fight. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. The body of an army. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. A fight; combat. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. To fight; to contend. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. To fight; struggle; strive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A combat between hostile armies or fleets; a fight; conflict; contest. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Arms, or an armed force. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. A fight or an engagement between enemies or opposing armies. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To contend in fight; to struggle. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. A fight between enemies; an encounter between armies. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. To contend in fight. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. bat'l, n. a contest between opposing armies: a fight or encounter: (arch.) a body of troops in battle array, esp. in phrase 'main battle.'--v.i. to contend in fight: to maintain, champion (with against, with).--ns. BAT'TLE-AXE, -AX, a kind of axe once used in battle; BAT'TLE-CRY, a war-shout; BAT'TLEFIELD, the place on which a battle is fought; BAT'TLE-PIECE, a passage, or a painting, describing a battle.--adj. BAT'TLE-SCARRED, scarred in battle.--ns. BAT'TLESHIP, a war-ship of the first class; PITCHED'-BAT'TLE, a battle fought on chosen ground.--BATTLE ROYAL, a general mêlée--HALF THE BATTLE, said of anything which ensures success.--LINE OF BATTLE, troops in array for battle; LINE-OF-BATTLE SHIP, a ship strong enough to form one of the line.--TO JOIN, DO BATTLE, to fight. [Fr. bataille--battre, to beat. See BATTER.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  27. bat'l, adj. (dial.) nourishing.--v.t. (obs.) to feed. [Most prob. from Ice. bati, improvement. See BATTEN.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  28. Combat, esp. between large organized forces (general\'s b., decided by strategy or tactics, soldier\'s b., by courage; pitched b., one fought by common consent; b. royal, in which several combatants or all available forces engage, free fight); victory (the b. is to the strong, youth is half the b.); join, give, refuse, accept, offer, do, b.; b.-axe, medieval weapon; b.-piece, picture or literary description of a battle-scene; line of b., troops or ships drawn up to fight; l.-of-b. ship (obs.), of 74 or more guns; b.-ship (mod.), adapted by armour for regular engagement (opp. cruiser as l.-of-b. ship to frigate). [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. Struggle with or against (difficulties, the waves, &c.). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. n. [Latin] A fight or encounter between opposing forces ; combat; engagement. Cabinet Dictionary
  31. A fight; an encounter between opposite armies; a body of forces; the main body of an army. Complete Dictionary

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