What is battle?

  • (noun): A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war.
    Example: "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"
    Synonyms: conflict, fight, engagement
    See also — Additional definitions below

Battle

Generally, a battle is a conceptual component in the hierarchy of combat in warfare between two or more armed forces, or combatants. In a battle, each combatant will seek to defeat the others, with defeat determined by the conditions of a military campaign. Battles generally are well defined in duration, area and force commitment.

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300 (film) - Reception - Historical Accuracy
... weapons are inaccurate and questionable for the time of the battle ... While the Persians were known to use war elephants in battle, there is no evidence that the Persians used them in their invasion of Greece ... He remarks that Simonides, Aeschylus, and Herodotus viewed Thermopylae as a battle against "Eastern centralism and collective serfdom," which opposed "the ...
300 (film)
... It is a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae ... The plot revolves around King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), who leads 300 Spartans into battle against Persian "god-King" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army of more than one million soldiers ... As the battle rages, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support in Sparta for her husband ...
Battle - Effects
... Battles affect the individuals who take part, as well as the political actors ... Personal effects of battle range from mild psychological issues to permanent and crippling injuries ... Some battle-survivors have nightmares about the conditions they encountered, or abnormal reactions to certain sights or sounds ...
CSS Virginia
... The battle is chiefly significant in naval history as the first battle between ironclads ...
9th Indiana Infantry Regiment - Engagements - Battle of Philippi
... After some skirmishes at Grafton, one of the first land battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Philippi, took place in Philippi, Barbour County, in what is now West Virginia ... The battle began when a Federal battery started lobbing shells into a camp of around 825 surprised Confederate recruits who had been asleep ... response, the Confederates ran, thus earning the battle the name “Philippi Races.” After the battle, the 9th camped on the same hill where the battery was located ...

More definitions of "battle":

  • (noun): An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals).
    Example: "Police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"
    Synonyms: conflict, struggle
  • (verb): Battle or contend against in or as if in a battle.
    Synonyms: combat
  • (noun): An energetic attempt to achieve something.
    Example: "He fought a battle for recognition"
    Synonyms: struggle

Famous quotes containing the word battle:

    The battle which I witnessed took place in the Presidency of Polk, five years before the passage of Webster’s Fugitive-Slave Bill.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Whose kiss
    stings and stills;
    your kiss was stale, satiate and pale
    beside his,
    who commands battles,
    who kills
    when the battle delays.
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)

    There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers’ battle with the heavens that cover them. Snow, rain, and mist highlight, drench, or conceal the vast towers, but those towers, hostile to mystery and blind to any sort of play, shear off the rain’s tresses and shine their three thousand swords through the soft swan of the fog.
    Federico García Lorca (1898–1936)