1. [ noun ] (military) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
Synonyms: fight engagement conflict

"Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga" "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

Related terms: military_action combat assault dogfight naval_battle Drogheda Armageddon Battle_of_Britain pitched_battle war military fight
2. [ noun ] an energetic attempt to achieve something
Synonyms: struggle

"getting through the crowd was a real struggle" "he fought a battle for recognition"

Related terms: attempt duel scramble joust fight
3. [ verb ] (military) battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
Synonyms: combat

"The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq" "We must combat the prejudices against other races" "they battled over the budget"

Related terms: fight wrestle dogfight fight conflict combatant
4. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 801
5. [ noun ] an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
Synonyms: struggle conflict

"the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"

Related terms: group_action fight war rebellion strife tug-of-war feud turf_war counterinsurgency counterinsurgency class_struggle
Similar spelling:   Batalla