—n. 1. a hostile encounter or engagement between opposing military forces: the battle of Waterloo. 2. participation in such hostile encounters or engagements: wounds received in battle. 3. a fight between two persons or animals: ordering a trial by battle to settle the dispute. 4. any conflict or struggle: a battle for control of the Senate. 5. Archaic.a battalion.
6. give or do battle, to enter into conflict; fight: He was ready to do battle for his beliefs.
—v.i. 1. to engage in battle: ready to battle with the enemy. 2. to work very hard or struggle; strive: to battle for freedom.
—v.t. 1. to fight (a person, army, cause, etc.): We battled strong winds and heavy rains in our small boat. 2. to force or accomplish by fighting, struggling, etc.: He battled his way to the top of his profession.
Pronunciation: (bat'l),[key] —v.t.,-tled, -tling.Archaic. to furnish (a building or wall) with battlements; crenelate.