Definitions for: Battle

[n] an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Bat"tle, a.
Fertile. See Battel, a. [Obs.]

Bat"tle, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle,
OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the
fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators,
fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. Battalia, 1st Battel,
and see Batter, v. t. ]
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.

3. A division of an army; a battalion. [Obs.]

The king divided his army into three battles.

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. [Obs.] --Hayward.

Note: Battle is used adjectively or as the first part of a
self-explaining compound; as, battle brand, a ``brand''
or sword used in battle; battle cry; battlefield;
battle ground; battlearray; battle song.

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. --Grose.
(b) A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two
are engaged; a m[^e]l['e]e. --Thackeray.

Drawn battle, one in which neither party gains the victory.

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

Wager of battle. See under Wager, n.

Syn: Conflict; encounter; contest; action.

Usage: Battle, Combat, Fight, Engagement. These words
agree in denoting a close encounter between contending
parties. Fight is a word of less dignity than the
others. Except in poetry, it is more naturally applied
to the encounter of a few individuals, and more
commonly an accidental one; as, a street fight. A
combat is a close encounter, whether between few or
many, and is usually premeditated. A battle is
commonly more general and prolonged. An engagement
supposes large numbers on each side, engaged or
intermingled in the conflict.

Bat"tle (b[a^]t"t'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Battled
(-tl'd); p. pr. & vb. n. Battling.] [F. batailler, fr.
bataille. See Battle, n.]
To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over

To meet in arms, and battle in the plain. --Prior.

Bat"tle, v. t.
To assail in battle; to fight.

Synonyms: combat, conflict, engagement, fight, struggle

See Also: action, Armageddon, armed combat, assault, attempt, Battle of Britain, class struggle, class war, class warfare, combat, counterinsurgency, dogfight, Drogheda, duel, effort, endeavor, endeavour, feud, fight, fighting, group action, insurrection, joust, military action, naval battle, pacification, pitched battle, rebellion, revolt, rising, scramble, scuffle, strife, struggle, tilt, try, tug-of-war, uprising, war, warfare, wrestle

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