1 [bat-l]
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.
verb (used without object), battled, battling.
to engage in battle: ready to battle with the enemy.
to work very hard or struggle; strive: to battle for freedom.
verb (used with object), battled, battling.
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.

1250–1300; Middle English bataile < Old French < Vulgar Latin *battālia for Late Latin battuālia (neuter plural) gladiatorial exercises, equivalent to battu(ere) to strike (see bate2) + -ālia, neuter plural of -ālis -al2

battler, noun

1. contest, conflict, war. Battle, action, skirmish mean a conflict between organized armed forces. A battle is a prolonged and general conflict pursued to a definite decision: the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. A skirmish is a slight engagement, often on the periphery of an area of battle: several minor skirmishes. An action can be a battle or a skirmish or can refer to actual fighting or combat: a major military action; action along the border; He saw action in the campaign. 2. warfare, combat, fighting. 10. conflict. 7. contest. Unabridged
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battle (ˈbætəl)
1.  a fight between large armed forces; military or naval engagement; combat
2.  conflict; contention; struggle: his battle for recognition
3.  do battle, give battle, join battle to start fighting
vb (when intr, often foll by against, for, or with)
4.  to fight in or as if in military combat; contend (with): she battled against cancer
5.  to struggle in order to achieve something or arrive somewhere: he battled through the crowd
6.  (Austral) (intr) to scrape a living, esp by doing odd jobs
[C13: from Old French bataile, from Late Latin battālia exercises performed by soldiers, from battuere to beat]

Battle1 (ˈbætəl)
a town in SE England, in East Sussex: site of the Battle of Hastings (1066); medieval abbey. Pop: 5190 (2001)

Battle2 (ˈbætəl)
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)

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. bataille "battle, single combat," also "inner turmoil, harsh circumstances; army, body of soldiers," from L.L. battualia "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing," from L. battuere "to beat, to strike" (see batter (v.)). Phrase battle
royal "fight involving several combatants" is from 1670s.
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