Definition of Battle

Bat´tle   Pronunciation: băt´t'l
a.1.Fertile. See Battel, a.
n.1.A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.
2.A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.
The whole intellectual battle that had at its center the best poem of the best poet of that day.
- H. Morley.
3.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 battle, and on it alone depended the fate of every action.
- Robertson.
4.The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.
Battle piece
a painting, or a musical composition, representing a battle.
Battle royal
a - A fight between several gamecocks, where the one that stands longest is the victor.
b - A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two are engaged; a mêlée.
- Grose.
Drawn battle
one in which neither party gains the victory.
- Thackeray.
To give battle
to attack an enemy.
To join battle
to meet the attack; to engage in battle.
Pitched battle
one in which the armies are previously drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the forces.
Wager of battle
See under Wager, n.
v. i.1.To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
[imp. & p. p. Battled (-tl'd); p. pr. & vb. n. Battling.]
To meet in arms, and battle in the plain.
- Prior.
v. t.1.To assail in battle; to fight.

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Batten door
Batter rule
Battering train
Battery d'enfilade
Battery en echarpe
Battery gun
Battery wagon
batting machine
Battle piece
Battle range
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