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Meaning of BATTLE

Pronunciation:  'batl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  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"
  4. [v]  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"

BATTLE is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: combat, conflict, engagement, fight, struggle
 See Also: action, Armageddon, armed combat, assault, attempt, Battle of Britain, class struggle, class war, class warfare, combat, counterinsurgency, dogfight, Drogheda, duel, effort, endeavor, endeavour, feud, fight, fighting, group action, insurrection, joust, military action, naval battle, pacification, pitched battle, rebellion, revolt, rising, scramble, scuffle, strife, struggle, tilt, try, tug-of-war, uprising, war, warfare, wrestle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bat"tle\, a.
    Fertile. See {Battel}, a. [Obs.]
  2. \Bat"tle\, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle,
    OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the
    fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators,
    fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. {Battalia}, 1st {Battel},
    and see {Batter}, v. t. ]
    1. A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the
       divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement;
       a combat.
    2. A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.
             The whole intellectual battle that had at its center
             the best poem of the best poet of that day. --H.
    3. A division of an army; a battalion. [Obs.]
             The king divided his army into three battles.
             The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the
             battle, and on it alone depended the fate of every
             action.                               --Robertson.
    4. The main body, as distinct from the van and rear;
       battalia. [Obs.] --Hayward.
    Note: Battle is used adjectively or as the first part of a
          self-explaining compound; as, battle brand, a ``brand''
          or sword used in battle; battle cry; battlefield;
          battle ground; battlearray; battle song.
    {Battle piece}, a painting, or a musical composition,
       representing a battle.
    {Battle royal}.
       (a) A fight between several gamecocks, where the one that
           stands longest is the victor. --Grose.
       (b) A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two
           are engaged; a m[^e]l['e]e. --Thackeray.
    {Drawn battle}, one in which neither party gains the victory.
    {To give battle}, to attack an enemy.
    {To join battle}, to meet the attack; to engage in battle.
    {Pitched battle}, one in which the armies are previously
       drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the
    {Wager of battle}. See under {Wager}, n.
    Syn: Conflict; encounter; contest; action.
    Usage: {Battle}, {Combat}, {Fight}, {Engagement}. These words
           agree in denoting a close encounter between contending
           parties. Fight is a word of less dignity than the
           others. Except in poetry, it is more naturally applied
           to the encounter of a few individuals, and more
           commonly an accidental one; as, a street fight. A
           combat is a close encounter, whether between few or
           many, and is usually premeditated. A battle is
           commonly more general and prolonged. An engagement
           supposes large numbers on each side, engaged or
           intermingled in the conflict.
  3. \Bat"tle\ (b[a^]t"t'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Battled}
    (-tl'd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Battling}.] [F. batailler, fr.
    bataille. See {Battle}, n.]
    To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over
          To meet in arms, and battle in the plain. --Prior.
  4. \Bat"tle\, v. t.
    To assail in battle; to fight.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: A battle in your dreams suggests that you are overworked. You need to give yourself a break. There is a conflict between your rational thinking and your irrational impulses. Alternatively, it represents eroticism. You may be overly stimulated or you are trying to suppress your instinctual urges.
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