What does battle mean?

battle meaning in General Dictionary

To assail in fight to fight

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  • To join in struggle to contend in fight regarding battle over theories
  • a broad action battle or encounter in which all of the divisions of a military are or could be engaged a wedding a combat
  • fat See Battel a
  • struggle or contend against in or as though in a battle
  • an available conflict between two opposing groups (or people)
  • a dangerous conference of opposing armed forces forces throughout a war
  • a lively try to achieve something
  • Fertile. See Battel, a.
  • A general action, battle, or encounter, where all the divisions of an army tend to be or might be involved; an involvement; a combat.
  • difficult; a contest; since, the struggle of life.
  • A division of an army; a battalion.
  • the primary body, as distinct from the van and back; battalia.
  • to become listed on in fight; to contend in battle; because, to battle over ideas.
  • To assail in fight; to battle.

battle meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, from Old French bataille "battle, single fight," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; military, human anatomy of soldiers," from Late Latin battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from Latin battuere "to conquer, to strike" (see batter (v.)). Term fight royal "fight involving a number of combatants" is from 1670s.

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  • early 14c., "to fight," from French batailler (12c.), from bataille (see battle (letter.)). Associated: Battled; battling.

battle meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) A broad action, fight, or encounter, for which all divisions of an army tend to be or is engaged; an engagement; a combat.

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  • (v. t.) Challenging; a contest; as, the battle of life.
  • (v. t.) A division of an army; a battalion.
  • (v. t.) The key body, as distinct through the van and rear; battalia.
  • (letter.) To participate in fight; to contend in battle; since, to battle over ideas.
  • (v. t.) To assail in fight; to fight.

Sentence Examples with the word battle

Crushed in battle by Peter's general, Patrick Gordon, they ceased to exist as a military force, and about 2000 of them who fell into the hands of the tsar were barbarously tortured and put to death.

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