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Definitions of battle

  1. battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; " The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq"; " We must combat the prejudices against other races"; " they battled over the budget"
  2. an energetic attempt to achieve something; " getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; " he fought a battle for recognition"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. Fertile. See Battel, a.
  6. A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.
  7. A division of an army; a battalion.
  8. The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.
  9. To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
  10. To assail in battle; to fight.
  11. A fight or encounter between opposing forces; a struggle for mastery.
  12. To contend in a fight; to struggle; as, to battle against difficulties.
  13. A contest between opposing armies: a fight or encounter.
  14. To join or contend in fight.
  15. The body of an army.
  16. A fight; combat.
  17. To fight; to contend.
  18. To fight; struggle; strive.
  19. A combat between hostile armies or fleets; a fight; conflict; contest.
  20. Arms, or an armed force.
  21. A fight or an engagement between enemies or opposing armies.
  22. To contend in fight; to struggle.
  23. A fight between enemies; an encounter between armies.
  24. To contend in fight.

Usage examples for battle

  1. This was a terrible battle for the white men. – The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman by Uncle Philip
  2. But even then the battle was not won, for when he suggested going off there at once, he very nearly brought another fit of passion down on his head. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  3. Her soldiers have believed the world to have lost all, because a battle turned against them, Hittin or Leipsic. – Hills and the Sea by H. Belloc
  4. He was a brave man, and never knew in battle what fear was. – Comic History of the United States by Bill Nye
  5. Then the battle began. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  6. We shall have a great battle in a day or two. – A Ramble of Six Thousand Miles through the United States of America by S. A. Ferrall
  7. The battle began at half- past six o'clock in the morning. – Campaigning in Cuba by George Kennan
  8. Nay, not killed, but just before the battle. – In the Day of Adversity by John Bloundelle-Burton
  9. You carried on the battle before, but I must do so now. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  10. We are few and they are many, but the end of a battle has never been sure. – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  11. I see that my power is gone- that if I were to live I could no longer carry on the battle- or my old life. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  12. Besides, he had no heart in the battle. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  13. Perhaps he was thinking of his dead wife or his brave boy killed in battle. – The Gospel of the Hereafter by J. Paterson-Smyth
  14. 167 Varaville, battle of, i. – History of the English People, Index by John Richard Green
  15. But it was now growing dark, and the third day's battle came to an end. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  16. It was a losing battle- that he knew. – The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  17. Let them battle in the open, and we will stand here. – The Golden Rock by Ernest Glanville
  18. There's to be a great battle. – Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Volume 4. by Gilbert Parker
  19. Here was the old battle of men, as old as life. – The Last of the Plainsmen by Zane Grey
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