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battle

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English

Etymology

From Old French bataille (French bataille), from Proto-Romance battualia, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] battalia (fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators), from batuere (to strike, beat).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
battle

Plural
s

battle (s)
  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. (obsolete) 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. (obsolete) The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.

Usage notes

  • Battle can be used 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, 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.
    (material dates from 1913)

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Verb

Infinitive
to battle

Third person singular
battl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to battle (third-person singular simple present battl, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive): To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
  2. (transitive): To assail in battle; to fight.

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