noun, bat·tle often attributive \ˈba-təl\

: a military fight between groups of soldiers, ships, airplanes, etc.

: a violent fight in which people use weapons

: a fight between people or groups in which each side tries to win a contest (such as a game or an election) or to gain control of something (such as a company)

Full Definition of BATTLE

archaic :  battalion
:  a combat between two persons
:  a general encounter between armies, ships of war, or aircraft
:  an extended contest, struggle, or controversy <a battle of wits>

Examples of BATTLE

  1. That two-day conflict has become one of the most famous battles in history.
  2. The battle continued late into the night.
  3. Thousands of soldiers were willing to go into battle to fight the enemy.
  4. A police officer was injured in a gun battle that took place last night.
  5. The company was involved in a legal battle with one of its employees.
  6. the never-ending battle between good and evil

Origin of BATTLE

Middle English batel, from Anglo-French bataille battle, battalion, from Late Latin battalia combat, alteration of battualia fencing exercises, from Latin battuere to beat
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with BATTLE


bat·tledbat·tling \ˈbat-liŋ, ˈba-təl-iŋ\

Definition of BATTLE

intransitive verb
:  to engage in battle :  fight
:  to contend with full strength, vigor, skill, or resources :  struggle
transitive verb
:  to fight or struggle against
:  to force (as one's way) by battling
bat·tler \-lər, ˈba-təl-ər\ noun

First Known Use of BATTLE

14th century

Rhymes with BATTLE



Definition of BATTLE

transitive verb
:  to fortify with battlements

Origin of BATTLE

Middle English batailen, from Anglo-French bataillier to fortify with battlements, from Old French batailles battlemented tower, probably from plural of bataille battle
First Known Use: 14th century
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