What does battalion mean?

Definitions for battalion
bəˈtæl yənbat·tal·ion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word battalion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. battalionnoun

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

  2. battalion, large number, multitude, plurality, packnoun

    a large indefinite number

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

Wiktionary

  1. battalionnoun

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

  2. battalionnoun

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

  3. battalionnoun

    Any large body of troops.

  4. battalionnoun

    A great number of things.

  5. battalionverb

    To form into battalions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Battalionnoun

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

  2. Battalionnoun

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

  3. Battalionverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Battalion

    bat-al′yun, n. a body of soldiers consisting of several companies: a body of men drawn up in battle-array. [Fr.; from root of Battle.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. battalion

    A force of soldiers, complete in staff and officers, of such strength as will allow of its manœuvres on the field of battle being intimately regulated by one superior officer. The term is now proper to infantry only, and represents from 500 to 1000 men. It is the ordinary unit made use of in estimating the infantry strength of an army.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. battalion

    A body of troops, so called from being originally a body of men arranged for battle; consisting in European armies of about 800 or 1000 men; in the U. S. service, an aggregation of from two to twelve companies.

How to pronounce battalion?

How to say battalion in sign language?

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of battalion in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of battalion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of battalion in a Sentence

  1. Hoshiyar Zebari:

    Definitely there has to be checks and balances. All the formations have to be reviewed in terms of the numbers. There should be no ghost members of the military, people should be accountable. Your battalion, the number of your members should be accounted for, for weapons or salaries, for munitions for food. These are basic things it doesn’t need a genius (to understand).

  2. Anuj Somany:

    A person who is an ethically right has to only fight for own rights against the big battalion of the population, but one is wrong morally can go easily long in relationship with the billions of people.

  3. Steve Warren:

    The addition of this battalion is part of an Army-wide reorganization that will raise the number of MLRS (multiple-launch rocket system) battalions in all field artillery brigades from two to three.

  4. Defense Secretary James Mattis:

    Now, there's all sorts of stuff in the news, and that sort of thing. You just concentrate on what your company commander, your battalion commander tells you. Because if you read all that stuff, you know, you'll go nuts, you know what your mission is here. You've had to deploy on short notice to a nontraditional location and do your jobs. So you focus on doing that.

  5. Brian Kelly:

    We had an advanced party of 18 members of the incoming battalion arrive on Jan. 9 to begin preparations for delivery of contingent-owned equipment.

Images & Illustrations of battalion

  1. battalionbattalionbattalionbattalionbattalion

Popularity rank by frequency of use

battalion#10000#13665#100000

Translations for battalion

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for battalion »

Translation

Find a translation for the battalion definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these battalion definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "battalion." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 26 Sep. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/battalion>.

    Are we missing a good definition for battalion? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    • A. suspicious
    • B. victimised
    • C. dangerous
    • D. tight

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for battalion: