order of battle

noun phrase

Definition of order of battle

1 : the disposition of troops or ships ready for combat
2 : a tabular compilation of units, commanders, equipment, and their locations in a theater of operation

First Known Use of order of battle

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Order of battle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/order%20of%20battle. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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