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Meaning of BATTALION

Pronunciation:  bu'talyun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies
  2. [n]  a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"

BATTALION is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: large number, multitude, pack
 See Also: army unit, company, large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity, regiment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bat*tal"ion\, n. [F. bataillon, fr. It. battaglione.
    See {Battalia}.]
    1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in
       battle array. ``The whole battalion views.'' --Milton.
    2. (Mil.) A regiment, or two or more companies of a regiment,
       esp. when assembled for drill or battle.
  2. \Bat*tal"ion\, v. t.
    To form into battalions. [R.]
  3. \Bat*tal"ion\, n. (Mil.)
    An infantry command of two or more companies, which is the
    tactical unit of the infantry, or the smallest command which
    is self-supporting upon the battlefield, and also the unit in
    which the strength of the infantry of an army is expressed.
    Note: In the United States army, since April 29, 1898, a
          battalion consists of four companies, and three
          battalions form a regiment. The term is also applied to
          two or more batteries of artillery combined into a
          single command.
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