|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|
"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|
"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)|
"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|