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Battle appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Battle of Thermopylae: Quick javelin grazed wry Xerxes. (46 letters)
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Battle appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Steel felt taboo battle fleets.
  • To get a fad on a sign I’d named, no taboo battle fleets for a bar of steel felt taboo baton demanding is a nod a fate got.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun battle:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb battle:


The word battle is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun battle

What does battle mean as a name of something?

Battle is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: battles

  1. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
    • example: Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga
    • domain: armed forces / armed services / military / military machine / war machine
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of battle: conflict / engagement / fight
    • more generic terms: action / military action = a military engagement
    • more specific terms:
      • Armageddon = any catastrophically destructive battle
      • pitched battle = a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
      • naval battle = a pitched battle between naval fleets
      • armed combat / combat = an engagement fought between two military forces
      • dogfight = an aerial engagement between fighter planes
      • assault = close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
    • instances:
      • Battle of Britain = the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it
      • Drogheda = in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants
    • part of: war / warfare = the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
  2. an energetic attempt to achieve something
    • example: he fought a battle for recognition
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of battle: struggle
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    • more specific words:
      • duel = any struggle between two skillful opponents
      • scramble / scuffle = an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
      • joust / tilt = a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances
  3. an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

Alternative definition of the noun battle


  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.
  3. [context: now rare] A division of an army; a battalion.
  4. [obsolete] The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.

Definition of the adjective battle

What does battle mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more battle / most battle

  1. [context: UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland, Northern England] [context: agriculture] Improving; nutritious; fattening.
  2. [context: UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland, Northern England] Fertile; fruitful.

Definition of the verb battle

What does battle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: battled | battling | battles

  1. battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
    • examples: they battled over the budget | Sam and Sue battle | Sam cannot battle Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]They battledVerbs of Social Interaction: argue, bargain, bicker, brawl, clash, combat, communicate, compete, conflict, correspond, dicker, differ, disagree, dispute, duel, feud, fight, joust, quarrel, quibble, scuffle, skirmish, spar, spat, squabble, struggle, tilt, tussle, vie, war, wrangle, wrestle
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, possessive with -ing]They battled about his coming
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]They battled about whether he should go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, what-extraction]They battled about what was the right thing
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]They battled about what to do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]They battled about whether to go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]They battled about it
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]I battled with him about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, what-extraction]I battled with him about whether he should go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]I battled with him about what to do
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]I battled with him about whether to go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I battled with him about it
      [Actor - being, plural] [Verb]The populace foughtVerbs of Social Interaction: box, debate, fight
      [Actor 1 - being] and [Actor 2] [Verb]Brenda and Molly fought
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] [Actor 2]Anne fought Cathy
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] with [Actor 2]Brenda fought with Molly
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonym of battle: combat
    • more generic words: contend / fight / struggle = be engaged in a fight
    • more specific words:
      • dogfight = engage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane
      • wrestle = combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force


  1. Battle is a small town and civil parish in the local government district of Rother in East Sussex, England. It lies 49 miles south southeast of London, 28.5 miles east of Brighton and 21 miles east of the county town of Lewes. Nearby towns include Hastings to the southeast and Bexhill-On-Sea to the south.
  2. Battle is an electoral ward in Reading, Berkshire. It is situated to the west of the town centre, south of the River Thames, and is bordered by Kentwood, Mapledurham, Thames, Caversham, Abbey, Minster, Southcote and Norcot wards.

There are other places with in their name, like battle-ax, Battle Lake, Battle Creek, Battle Range, Mount Battle, Battle Ground, Battle Monument, Battle Mountain, Battle Township, Battle of Midway, Battle Born State, Battle of Raichur, Indian Battle Park, Battle of Sedjenane, Battle Plain Township, Battle Creek Sanitarium, Princeton Battle Monument, Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Monument to the Battle of the Nations and Rural Municipality of Battle River No. 438.


Who is Battle?

Battle a.k.a. Cullen A. Battle: Cullen Andrews Battle was an American attorney, politician, and general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.


  1. Battle is a Korean boy band that debuted on December 17, 2006 with the release of their first single "Crash". They are most popular for winning the reality show, Let's Coke Play! Battle Shinhwa! The group includes Ryu, Tae-hwa, Lio, Chris, and Hwi-chan. Shin Ki-Hyun, who was chosen by Shinhwa's Eric, departed the group in 2008.
  2. Battle were a UK indie rock band. They came to some prominence with a sound consisting largely of post-punk, spacious guitar hooks and dance-orientated beats, and have been compared to The Cure, and New Order/Joy Division. Later recordings have grown increasingly organic and atmospheric and reveal a kinship with The Smiths, Remain in Light era Talking Heads and Arcade Fire. The name Battle can be seen as an incitement for the individual to fight for their passions. Many of the band's lyrics revolve around this central theme. However, the band were actually named after the small Sussex town of Battle, where they formed. The band broke up around October 2007.
  3. Battle a.k.a. Battle! is a musical group.
    • album: "In Remission"

There are other groups with in their name, like In Battle, Battle axe, Battle Cry, Battle Hag, Battle Ram, Battle-axe, Battle Ave., Battle Pope, Battle Beast, Battle Flask, Battle Hymns, Battle Tapes, Loren Battle, Battle Royale, Battle Scream, Battle trance, Uphill Battle, Battle of Mice, Battle Scarred and battle-scarred.


Battle is a record label.


  1. "Battle" is a composition.
  2. "Battle" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  3. "Battle" is a musical single of Wookie & Lain Gray.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  4. "Battle" is a composition.
  5. "Battle" is a musical album of NESkimos.
  6. "Battle" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  7. "Battle" is a musical album of Sir Simon.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  8. "Battle" is a musical single of Jordy Dazz.
    • released on
  9. "Battle" is a composition.


"Battle" is a book by Richard Holmes.


"Battle" is a 2013 short film directed by Tony Dare.

  • released in


  1. Battle: A battle or battaile was a medieval military formation, analogous and ancestral to the modern term battalion. In late medieval warfare, field armies were often drawn up into three main battles, also called guards: the vanguard, the middle guard, and the rearguard, often abbreviated to simply the van, middle, and rear. These terms imply, correctly, that the van preceded the middle, which in turn preceded the rear, into battle if the battles were arranged sequentially as a column. If arranged abreast, the van was on the right and the rear the left.
  2. Battle is a cause of death.
  3. Battle is a cataloged instance, musical recording.

Phrases with Battle

Phrases starting with the word Battle:

  1. battle-ax
  2. Battle axe
  3. Battle bus
  4. battle cry
  5. battle-axe
  6. battle flag
  7. battle line
  8. battle plan
  9. Battle-Sark
  10. battle dress
  11. battle fleet
  12. battle group
  13. battle royal
  14. battle sight
  15. battle damage
  16. Battle It Out
  17. Battle Rapper

Phrases ending with the word Battle:

  1. Do Battle
  2. join battle
  3. naval battle

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Battle

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of World War II (2013)

The War against Germany and Italy by Anne Sharp Wells

BATTLE OF BRITAIN. Following the surrender of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2008)

by Richard T. Schaefer

Understanding Racial Battle Fatigue Racial battle fatigue addresses the physiological, psychological, and behavioral strain exacted on racially marginalized and stigmatized groups and the amount of energy they expend coping with and ...

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Small photo of Medieval battle scene with cavalry and infantry. Silhouettes of figures as separate objects, fight between warriors on dark toned foggy background. Night scene. Selective focusSmall photo of Medieval battle scene with cavalry and infantry. Silhouettes of figures as separate objects, fight between warriors on dark toned foggy background. Night scene. Selective focus More...

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Quotes about Battle

The surprise is half the battle. Many things are half the battle, losing is half the battle. Let's think about what's the whole battle. (David Mamet)
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Scrabble value of B3A1T1T1L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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