Definitions for Battalionbəˈtæl yən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bat•tal•ionbəˈtæl yən(n.)

  1. a military unit of ground forces comprising a headquarters and two or more companies.

    Category: Military

  2. an army in battle array.

    Category: Military

  3. Often, battalions. a large number of persons or things; force:

    battalions of sightseers.

Origin of battalion:

1580–90; < MF bataillon < It battaglione, der. of battagli(a) body of troops; see battle1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. battalion(noun)

    an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies

  2. battalion, large number, multitude, plurality, pack(noun)

    a large indefinite number

    "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions"

Wiktionary

  1. battalion(Noun)

    An army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters. Traditionally forming part of a regiment.

  2. battalion(Noun)

    an army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters; forming part of a brigade.

  3. battalion(Noun)

    Any large body of troops.

  4. battalion(Noun)

    A great number of things.

  5. battalion(Verb)

    To form into battalions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Battalion(noun)

    a body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array

  2. Battalion(noun)

    a regiment, or two or more companies of a regiment, esp. when assembled for drill or battle

  3. Battalion(verb)

    to form into battalions

Freebase

  1. Battalion

    A battalion is a military unit with 300 to 1,200 soldiers that usually conists of two to seven companies and is commanded by either a lieutenant colonel or a colonel. Several battalions form a regiment or brigade. The nomenclature varies by nationality and by branch of arms, for instance, some armies organize their infantry into battalions, but call battalion-sized cavalry, reconnaissance, or tank units a squadron or a regiment instead. There may even be subtle distinctions within a nation's branches of arms, such as a distinction between a tank battalion and an armored squadron, depending on how the unit's operational role is perceived to fit into the army's historical organization. A battalion is generally the smallest military unit capable of independent operations, although many armies have smaller units that are self-sustaining. The battalion is usually part of a regiment, brigade, or group, depending on the organizational model used by that service. The bulk of a battalion will ordinarily be homogeneous with respect to type, although there are many exceptions. Every battalion will also include some sort of combat service support, typically organized within a combat support company.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. battalion

    A reserve cargo handling battalion composed solely of selected reserve personnel. Also called NRCHB. See also maritime pre-positioning ships.


Translations for Battalion

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

battalion(noun)

a large body of foot soldiers forming part of a brigade.

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