order of battle

noun phrase

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

Examples of order of battle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tank crews unable to maneuver away from threats often abandon immobile tanks, removing them from the enemy order of battle entirely. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 5 Sep. 2023 In Kyiv’s order of battle, air-assault troops don’t actually travel by helicopter or airplane very often. David Axe, Forbes, 3 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 25 Sep. 2023.

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