battle, conflict, fight, engagement(noun)
a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
"Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
an energetic attempt to achieve something
"getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
conflict, struggle, battle(verb)
an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
"the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"
battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
"The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq"; "We must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they battled over the budget"
from places in England that have been sites of a battle.
a town in East Sussex.
Origin: From Early Modern English batell, probably from *, from *, from batian, from batōnan, from bʰAd- . Related to bate, baatsje, baten, batten. Compare batten. More at better.
fertile. See Battel, a
a general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat
a struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life
a division of an army; a battalion
the main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia
to join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories
to assail in battle; to fight
Generally, a battle is a conceptual component in the hierarchy of combat in warfare between two or more armed forces, or combatants. A war sometimes consists of many battles. Battles generally are well defined in duration, area and force commitment. Wars and military campaigns are guided by strategy, whereas battles take place on a level of planning and execution known as operational mobility. German strategist Carl von Clausewitz stated that "the employment of battles ... to achieve the object of war" was the essence of strategy.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bat′l, n. a contest between opposing armies: a fight or encounter: (arch.) a body of troops in battle array, esp. in phrase 'main battle.'—v.i. to contend in fight: to maintain, champion (with against, with).—ns. Bat′tle-axe, -ax, a kind of axe once used in battle; Bat′tle-cry, a war-shout; Bat′tlefield, the place on which a battle is fought; Bat′tle-piece, a passage, or a painting, describing a battle.—adj. Bat′tle-scarred, scarred in battle.—ns. Bat′tleship, a war-ship of the first class; Pitched′-bat′tle, a battle fought on chosen ground.—Battle royal, a general mêlée—Half the battle, said of anything which ensures success.—Line of battle, troops in array for battle; Line-of-battle ship, a ship strong enough to form one of the line.—To join, do battle, to fight. [Fr. bataille—battre, to beat. See Batter.]
bat′l, adj. (dial.) nourishing.—v.t. (obs.) to feed. [Most prob. from Ice. bati, improvement. See Batten.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'battle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1613
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Rank popularity for the word 'battle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3254
Rank popularity for the word 'battle' in Nouns Frequency: #650
The numerical value of battle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of battle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- бі́тва, змага́нне, бойBelarusian
- би́тка, сражавам се, сраже́ние, борба́, бойBulgarian
- batalla, batallarCatalan, Valencian
- boj, bitva, bojovat, zápasCzech
- kamp, slagDanish
- bekämpfen, Schlacht, kämpfen, bekriegen, KampfGerman
- μάχη, αγώνας, μάχομαιGreek
- batalo, lukto, batali, luktiEsperanto
- lucha, luchar, batallar, batallaSpanish
- guda, batailaBasque
- رزم, نبردPersian
- taistella, taisteluFinnish
- lutte, bataille, lutterFrench
- batalla, batallarGalician
- מאבק, קרבHebrew
- csata, ütközetHungarian
- կռիվ, ճակատամարտ, պայքար, մարտArmenian
- bardagi, baráttaIcelandic
- battaglia, lottaItalian
- 戦, 戦闘, 戦う, 戦いJapanese
- SchluechtLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- би́тка, бојMacedonian
- gevecht, veldslag, bestrijden, bevechten, slag, strijden, vechten, strijdDutch
- walka, batalion, bitwa, bój, bataliaPolish
- luta, batalha, batalharPortuguese
- bataglia, battagliaRomansh
- сража́ться, сраже́ние, бата́лия, боро́ться, борьба́, би́тва, бой, срази́ться, би́тьсяRussian
- batàglia, bataza, batalla, batadhaSardinian
- bitka, borba, битка, boj, борба, бојSerbo-Croatian
- bitka, bojSlovak
- harp, savaşTurkish
- бій, би́тваUkrainian
- trận đánhVietnamese
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