verb (used without object), bat·tled, bat·tling.
verb (used with object), bat·tled, bat·tling.
- batting average,
- batting eye,
- batting order,
- battle clasp,
- battle creek,
- battle cruiser,
- battle cry,
- battle dress
Origin of battle1
verb (used with object), bat·tled, bat·tling. Archaic.
Origin of battle2
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.
It has long been a battle cry in conservative circles that Christmas is under siege.
The opening of the battle narrative begins on—get this—page 266!
The Kurds claimed at least 100 Islamic militants were killed in the two-day battle to lift the siege.Iraqi Kurds Get Their Groove Back, End Siege of Mount Sinjar|Jamie Dettmer|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Crossing the river Lykus into the plain, Mithridates offered the Romans battle.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II|Aubrey Stewart & George Long
The old scolding was a-going on, and the old tune of that hojus "Battle of Prag."Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush|William Makepeace Thackeray
He burst in upon her to declare his love, as if it were a question of firing the first shot on a field of battle.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
The pride of the general had been deeply wounded by the rebuke he had received on the field of battle.
As for Pierre, he was now in his element, sniffing the battle like a young warhorse, and forgetful of the odds against him.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage|Charles G. D. Roberts
Word Origin for battle
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.