- a hostile encounter or engagement between opposing military forces: the battle of Waterloo.
- participation in such hostile encounters or engagements: wounds received in battle.
- a fight between two persons or animals: ordering a trial by battle to settle the dispute.
- any conflict or struggle: a battle for control of the Senate.
- Archaic. a battalion.
- to engage in battle: ready to battle with the enemy.
- to work very hard or struggle; strive: to battle for freedom.
- to fight (a person, army, cause, etc.): We battled strong winds and heavy rains in our small boat.
- to force or accomplish by fighting, struggling, etc.: He battled his way to the top of his profession.
- give/do battle, to enter into conflict; fight: He was ready to do battle for his beliefs.
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- to furnish (a building or wall) with battlements; crenelate.
Origin of battle2
Related Words for battlebloodshed, campaign, clash, combat, hostility, encounter, assault, fighting, strife, crusade, action, attack, struggle, skirmish, war, conflict, warfare, contest, disagreement, controversy
Examples from the Web for battle
Contemporary Examples of battle
The U.S. military just unveiled a new effort to get Iraqis ready to battle ISIS.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
First, as opposition to gay marriage collapses, American anti-LGBT activists will slow their battle against it.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
It has long been a battle cry in conservative circles that Christmas is under siege.Why I’m for the War on Christmas
December 23, 2014
The opening of the battle narrative begins on—get this—page 266!Hitler’s Hail Mary
James A. Warren
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of battle
The Assyrians marched against the Egyptians and defeated them in battle.
The battle was disastrous for the Egyptians and the valley of the Nile was open to the invaders.
No stones or other missiles were used; the battle was fist to fist.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The first sign of unwariness would begin and end the battle.Way of the Lawless
My heart leaped into my throat, as it were, and I made ready for battle.Biography of a Slave
- a fight between large armed forces; military or naval engagement; combat
- conflict; contention; strugglehis battle for recognition
- do battle, give battle or join battle to start fighting
- (when intr , often foll by against, for, or with) to fight in or as if in military combat; contend (with)she battled against cancer
- to struggle in order to achieve something or arrive somewherehe battled through the crowd
- (intr) Australian to scrape a living, esp by doing odd jobs
Word Origin for battle
- a town in SE England, in East Sussex: site of the Battle of Hastings (1066); medieval abbey. Pop: 5190 (2001)
- Kathleen . born 1948, US opera singer: a coloratura soprano, she made her professional debut in 1972 and sang with New York City's Metropolitan Opera (1977–94)
c.1300, from Old French bataille "battle, single combat," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; army, body of soldiers," from Late Latin battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from Latin battuere "to beat, to strike" (see batter (v.)). Phrase battle royal "fight involving several combatants" is from 1670s.
early 14c., "to fight," from French batailler (12c.), from bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Battled; battling.
see half the battle; losing battle; pitched battle.