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 battling
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|Abby Haglage|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Josh Rogin|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Battling various anxieties, Kevin spent time in shelters as well as living out of his car.
She is hungry, she tells us, battling through these glaring contradictions, for both enchiladas and experience.
In its barrow it trusted, its battling and bulwarks: that boast was vain!Beowulf|Anonymous
The door was opened, the policemen crowded in, and the two men who had clinched and were battling were torn apart.In Indian Mexico (1908)|Frederick Starr
But, in sober truth, Katy, why is there not as true poetry in battling with feeling as in yielding to it?
Say, Ill bet thats what you think, she said, with her battling glance.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
The man was simply following a blind alley of reasoning, set off by his life-long frustration of battling cancer.Unbegotten Child|Winston Marks
Word Origin for battle
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.