battle


battle
battle
battle1 [bat′'l]
n.
[ME & OFr bataille < VL battalia < L battualia, exercises of gladiators and soldiers in fighting and fencing < battuere: see BATTER1]
1. a fight, esp. a large-scale engagement, between armed forces on land, at sea, or in the air
2. armed fighting; combat or war
3. any fight or struggle; conflict
4. Archaic a battalion
vt.
battled, battling
to oppose as in a battle; fight
vi.
1. to take part in a battle; fight
2. to struggle; contend
——————
give battle or do battle
to engage in battle; fight
battler
n.
SYN.- BATTLE1 denotes a conflict between armed forces in a war and implies a large-scale, prolonged contest over a particular area; ENGAGEMENT, the more formal term, stresses the actual meeting of opposing forces, with no restrictive connotation as to duration; a CAMPAIGN is a series of military operations with a particular objective and may involve a number of battles; ENCOUNTER usually suggests a chance meeting of hostile forces; SKIRMISH refers to a brief, light encounter between small detachments; ACTION stresses the detailed operations of active fighting [killed in action]; COMBAT, the most general of these terms, simply implies armed fighting, without further qualification
battle2 [bat′'l]
vt.
battled, battling
Archaic to build battlements on

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