- 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 battlingcontend, wrestle, feud, clamor, argue, strive, combat, contest, agitate, oppugn, skirmish, tug, war, dispute
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Contemporary Examples of battling
On my short list of the great rock voices of all time, he is battling for the top spot with Mick Jagger.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
It was a traditional burial—the kind that the government is now battling—that led to the first outbreak.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
One of our favorite episodes with Matthew Goode [who plays Finn] was when he was battling Will before he got shot.‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Premiere’s Big Cary Twist, Will’s Death, and More
September 22, 2014
They have been battling ISIS for a year and fighting the Assad regime for over three years.Syrian Rebels: We’ll Use U.S. Weapons to Fight Assad, Whether Obama Likes It or Not
September 12, 2014
Battling various anxieties, Kevin spent time in shelters as well as living out of his car.Banished Catholic Priest Helps Abuse Survivors
August 11, 2014
Historical Examples of battling
She spoke with a touch of haste, as if battling against some hindrance within.Within the Law
Once more, all the powers are battling for possession of the people.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The noise from downstairs was as that of a score of battling fiends.White Fang
In its barrow it trusted, its battling and bulwarks: that boast was vain!Beowulf
He knew that battling against the temptation would be hopeless.Cleo The Magnificent
- 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)
early 14c., "to fight," from French batailler (12c.), from bataille (see battle (n.)). Related: Battled; battling.
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.
see half the battle; losing battle; pitched battle.