Definition of battle :
1. A division of an army; a battalion.
2. A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.
3. A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.
4. Fertile. See Battel, a.
5. The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.
6. To assail in battle; to fight.
7. To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
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attack (part of speech: noun)
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warfare (part of speech: noun)
battle (part of speech: verb)
- Say you will not die; that is half the battle. - "How I Found Livingstone", Sir Henry M. Stanley.
- But she was not going to give up the battle, even now. - "The Eustace Diamonds", Anthony Trollope.
- Come, son, let us take it together as we go to our duty in battle! - "The Valley of Vision", Henry Van Dyke.