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battle born state

  • noun a state in the southwestern United States
    Silver State; Nevada; NV; Sagebrush State.
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battle cruiser

  • noun a cruiser of maximum speed and firepower
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battle cry

  • noun a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
    rallying cry; war cry; war whoop.
  • noun a slogan used to rally support for a cause
    rallying cry; cry; war cry; watchword.
    • a cry to arms
    • our watchword will be `democracy'
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battle damage

  • noun loss of military equipment in battle
    combat casualty.
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battle dress

  • noun a military uniform designed for field service
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battle fatigue

  • noun a mental disorder caused by stress of active warfare
    combat neurosis; combat fatigue; shell shock.
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battle flag

  • noun a flag that leads troops into battle
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battle fleet

  • noun a fleet of warships prepared for battle
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battle group

  • noun an army unit usually consisting of five companies
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battle line

  • noun the line along which warring troops meet
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battle of atlanta

  • noun a siege in which Federal troops under Sherman cut off the railroads supplying the city and then burned it; 1864
    Atlanta.
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battle of austerlitz

  • noun a decisive battle during the Napoleonic campaigns (1805); the French under Napoleon defeated the Russian armies of Czar Alexander I and the Austrian armies of Emperor Francis II
    Austerlitz.
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battle of boyne

  • noun a battle in the War of the Grand Alliance in Ireland in 1690; William III defeated the deposed James II and so ended the Catholicism that had been reintroduced in England by the Stuarts
    Boyne.
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battle of britain

  • noun the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it
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battle of brunanburh

  • noun a battle in 937 when Athelstan defeated the Scots
    Brunanburh.
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battle of bull run

  • noun either of two battles during the American Civil War (1861 and 1862); Confederate forces defeated the Federal army in both battles
    Bull Run.
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battle of bunker hill

  • noun the first important battle of the American War of Independence (1775) which was fought at Breed's Hill; the British defeated the colonial forces
    Bunker Hill.
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battle of caporetto

  • noun battle of World War I (1917); Italians were defeated by the Austrian and German forces
    Caporetto.
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battle of chattanooga

  • noun in the American Civil War (1863) the Union armies of Hooker, Thomas, and Sherman under the command of Ulysses S. Grant won a decisive victory over the Confederate Army under Braxton Bragg
    Chattanooga.
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battle of chickamauga

  • noun a Confederate victory in the American Civil War (1863); Confederate forces under Braxton Bragg defeated Union forces
    Chickamauga.
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battle of cowpens

  • noun battle in the American Revolution; Americans under Daniel Morgan defeated the British
    Cowpens.
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battle of crecy

  • noun the first decisive battle of the Hundred Years' War; in 1346 the English under Edward III defeated the French under Philip of Valois
    Crecy.
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battle of cunaxa

  • noun battle in 401 BC when the Artaxerxes II defeated his younger brother who tried to usurp the throne
    Cunaxa.
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battle of cynoscephalae

  • noun the battle that ended the second Macedonian War (197 BC); the Romans defeated Philip V who lost his control of Greece
    Cynoscephalae.
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battle of el alamein

  • noun a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel
    Al Alamayn; El Alamein.
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battle of flodden field

  • noun a battle in 1513; the English defeated the invading Scots and James IV was killed
    Flodden.
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battle of fontenoy

  • noun a battle in 1745 in which the French army under Marshal Saxe defeated the English army and their allies under the duke of Cumberland
    Fontenoy.
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battle of fredericksburg

  • noun an important battle in the American Civil War (1862); the Union Army under A. E. Burnside was defeated by the Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee
    Fredericksburg.
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battle of gettysburg

  • noun a battle of the American Civil War (1863); the defeat of Robert E. Lee's invading Confederate Army was a major victory for the Union
    Gettysburg.
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battle of granicus river

  • noun the battle in which Alexander won his first major victory against the Persians (334 BC)
    Granicus.
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battle of guadalcanal

  • noun a battle in World War II in the Pacific (1942-1943); the island was occupied by the Japanese and later recaptured by American forces
    Guadalcanal.
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battle of hastings

  • noun the decisive battle in which William the Conqueror (duke of Normandy) defeated the Saxons under Harold II (1066) and thus left England open for the Norman Conquest
    Hastings.
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battle of hohenlinden

  • noun a battle during the Napoleonic Wars (1800); the French defeated the Austrians
    Hohenlinden.
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battle of ipsus

  • noun a battle between the successors of Alexander the Great (301 BC); Lysimachus and Seleucus defeated Antigonus and Demetrius
    Ipsus.
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battle of issus

  • noun a battle (333 BC) in which Alexander the Great defeated the Persians under Darius III
    Issus.
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battle of ivry

  • noun a battle (1590) in which the Huguenots under Henry IV defeated the Catholics under the duke of Mayenne
    Ivry; Ivry la Bataille.
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battle of jena

  • noun the battle in 1806 in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Prussians
    Jena.
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battle of jutland

  • noun an indecisive naval battle in World War I (1916); fought between the British and German fleets off the northwestern coast of Denmark
    Jutland.
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battle of kerbala

  • noun a battle in 680 in which the grandson of Mohammed and his followers were killed
    • the Battle of Kerbala is the basis for the Ta'ziyehs that are performed annually
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battle of lake trasimenus

  • noun a battle in 217 BC in which Hannibal ambushed a Roman army led by Flaminius
    Lake Trasimenus.
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battle of langside

  • noun (1568) Catholic forces supporting Mary Queen of Scots were routed by Protestants
    Langside.
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battle of lepanto

  • noun Turkish sea power was destroyed in 1571 by a league of Christian nations organized by the Pope
    Lepanto.
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battle of leuctra

  • noun Thebes defeated Sparta in 371 BC; the battle ended Sparta's military supremacy in Greece
    Leuctra.
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battle of little bighorn

  • noun a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
    Custer's Last Stand; Battle of Little Bighorn; Little Bighorn.
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battle of lule burgas

  • noun the principal battle of the Balkan Wars (1912); Bulgarian forces defeated the Turks
    Lule Burgas.
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battle of lutzen

  • noun a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1632); Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeated the Holy Roman Empire under Wallenstein; Gustavus Adolphus was killed
    Lutzen.
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battle of magenta

  • noun a battle in 1859 in which the French and Sardinian forces under Napoleon III defeated the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
    Magenta.
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battle of maldon

  • noun a battle in which the Danes defeated the Saxons in 991; celebrated in an old English poem
    Maldon.
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battle of marathon

  • noun a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians
    Marathon.
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battle of marston moor

  • noun a battle in 1644 in which the Parliamentarians under the earl of Manchester defeated the Royalists under Prince Rupert
    Marston Moor.
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battle of midway

  • noun naval battle of World War II (June 1942); American planes based on land and on carriers decisively defeated a Japanese fleet on its way to invade the Midway Islands
    Midway.
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battle of minden

  • noun a battle in the Seven Years' War (1759) in which the English forces and their allies defeated the French
    Minden.
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battle of monmouth

  • noun a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
    Battle of Monmouth; Monmouth Court House.
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battle of monmouth court house

  • noun a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
    Battle of Monmouth; Monmouth Court House.
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battle of naseby

  • noun a battle in 1645 that settled the outcome of the first English Civil War as the Parliamentarians won a major victory over the Royalists
    Naseby.
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battle of navarino

  • noun a decisive naval battle in the War of Greek Independence (1827); the Turkish and Egyptian fleet was defeated by an allied fleet of British and French and Russian warships
    Navarino.
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battle of omdurman

  • noun a battle (1898) in which an English and Egyptian army under Kitchener defeated the Sudanese
    Omdurman.
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battle of panipat

  • noun battle in which the ruler of Afghanistan defeated the Mahrattas in 1761
    Panipat.
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battle of pharsalus

  • noun Caesar defeated Pompey in 48 BC
    Pharsalus.
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battle of philippi

  • noun Octavian and Mark Antony defeated Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC
    Philippi.
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battle of pittsburgh landing

  • noun the second great battle of the American Civil War (1862); the battle ended with the withdrawal of Confederate troops but it was not a Union victory
    battle of Pittsburgh Landing; Shiloh.
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battle of plassey

  • noun the victory in 1757 by the British under Clive over Siraj-ud-daula that established British supremacy over Bengal
    Plassey.
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battle of plataea

  • noun a defeat of the Persian army by the Greeks at Plataea in 479 BC
    Plataea.
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battle of poitiers

  • noun the battle in 1356 in which the English under the Black Prince defeated the French
    Poitiers.
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battle of puebla

  • noun a battle in which Mexican forces defeated the French in 1862
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battle of pydna

  • noun a major victory by the Romans over the Macedonians in 168 BC; resulted in the downfall of the ancient Macedonian kingdom
    Pydna.
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battle of ravenna

  • noun a battle between the French and an alliance of Spaniards and Swiss and Venetians in 1512
    Ravenna.
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battle of rocroi

  • noun a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1643); the French defeated the Spanish invaders
    Rocroi.
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battle of rossbach

  • noun a battle in the Seven Years' War (1757); Prussian forces under Frederick the Great defeated the armies of France and Austria
    Rossbach.
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battle of saratoga

  • noun a battle during the American Revolution (1777); the British under Burgoyne were defeated
    Saratoga.
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battle of sempatch

  • noun the Swiss Confederation escaped Hapsburg domination by their victory in 1386
    Sempatch.
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battle of shiloh

  • noun the second great battle of the American Civil War (1862); the battle ended with the withdrawal of Confederate troops but it was not a Union victory
    battle of Pittsburgh Landing; Shiloh.
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battle of soissons-reims

  • noun a battle in World War I (May 1918); the Germans tried to attack before the American numbers were too great to defeat; the tactical success of the Germans proved to be a strategic failure
    Soissons; battle of the Aisne; battle of Soissons-Reims.
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battle of solferino

  • noun an indecisive battle in 1859 between the French and Sardinians under Napoleon III and the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
    Solferino.
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battle of spotsylvania courthouse

  • noun a battle between the armies of Grant and Lee during the Wilderness Campaign
    Spotsylvania.
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battle of st mihiel

  • noun a battle in the Meuse-Argonne operation in World War I (1918); the battle in which American troops launched their first offensive in France
    Saint-Mihiel; St Mihiel.
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battle of tannenberg

  • noun a battle in World War I (1914); decisive German victory over the Russians
    Tannenberg.
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battle of tertry

  • noun a battle in France in 687 among the descendants of Clovis
    Tertry.
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battle of teutoburger wald

  • noun a battle in 9 AD in which the Germans under Arminius annihilated three Roman Legions
    Teutoburger Wald.
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battle of tewkesbury

  • noun the final battle of the War of the Roses in 1471 in which Edward IV defeated the Lancastrians
    Tewkesbury.
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battle of the aisne

  • noun a battle in World War I (May 1918); the Germans tried to attack before the American numbers were too great to defeat; the tactical success of the Germans proved to be a strategic failure
    Soissons; battle of the Aisne; battle of Soissons-Reims.
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battle of the ardennes bulge

  • noun a battle during World War II; in December 1944 von Rundstedt launched a powerful counteroffensive in the forest at Ardennes and caught the Allies by surprise
    Ardennes counteroffensive; Battle of the Ardennes Bulge.
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battle of the bismarck sea

  • noun a naval battle in World War II; Allied land-based bombers destroyed a Japanese convoy in the Bismarck Sea in March 1943
    Bismarck Sea.
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battle of the bulge

  • noun a battle during World War II; in December 1944 von Rundstedt launched a powerful counteroffensive in the forest at Ardennes and caught the Allies by surprise
    Ardennes counteroffensive; Battle of the Ardennes Bulge.
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battle of the chemin-des-dames

  • noun a battle in World War I (May 1918); the Germans tried to attack before the American numbers were too great to defeat; the tactical success of the Germans proved to be a strategic failure
    Soissons; battle of the Aisne; battle of Soissons-Reims.
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battle of the coral sea

  • noun a Japanese defeat in World War II (May 1942); the first naval battle fought entirely by planes based on aircraft carriers
    Coral Sea.
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battle of the little bighorn

  • noun a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
    Custer's Last Stand; Battle of Little Bighorn; Little Bighorn.
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battle of the marne

  • noun a World War I battle in northwestern France where the Allies defeated the Germans in 1918
    Belleau Wood; Marne River; Chateau-Thierry.
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battle of the philippine sea

  • noun a naval battle in World War II (1944); a decisive naval victory for the United States fleet over the Japanese who were trying to block supplies from reaching American troops on Leyte
    Philippine Sea.
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battle of the somme

  • noun battle of World War II (1944)
    Somme; Somme River.
  • noun battle in World War I (1916)
    Somme; Somme River.
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battle of the spanish armada

  • noun in the English Channel a small fleet of British ships successfully defeated the large armada sent from Spain by Philip II to invade England
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battle of thermopylae

  • noun a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece
    Thermopylae.
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battle of trafalgar

  • noun a naval battle in 1805 off the southwest coast of Spain; the French and Spanish fleets were defeated by the English under Nelson (who was mortally wounded)
    Trafalgar.
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battle of trasimeno

  • noun a battle in central Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans under Flaminius in 217 BC
    Trasimeno.
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battle of valmy

  • noun the French defeated the Austrian and Prussian troops in 1792 (with a famous cannonade from the French artillery)
    Valmy.
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battle of verdun

  • noun a battle in World War I (1916); in some of the bloodiest fighting in World War I the German offensive was stopped
    Verdun.
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battle of wagram

  • noun a battle in the Napoleonic campaigns (1809); Napoleon defeated the Austrians
    Wagram.
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battle of wake

  • noun in December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese after a gallant last-ditch stand by a few hundred United States marines
    Battle of Wake.
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battle of wake island

  • noun in December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese after a gallant last-ditch stand by a few hundred United States marines
    Battle of Wake.
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battle of waterloo

  • noun the battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon
    Waterloo.
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battle of wits

  • noun a contest in which intelligence rather than violence is used
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battle of ypres

  • noun battle in World War I (1917); an Allied offensive which eventually failed because tanks bogged down in the waterlogged soil of Flanders; Germans introduced mustard gas which interfered with the Allied artillery
    Ypres; battle of Ypres.
  • noun battle in World War I (1915); Germans wanted to try chlorine (a toxic yellow gas) as a weapon and succeeded in taking considerable territory from the Allied salient
    Ypres; battle of Ypres.
  • noun battle in World War I (1914); heavy but indecisive fighting as the Allies and the Germans both tried to break through the lines of the others
    Ypres; battle of Ypres.
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battle of zama

  • noun the battle in 202 BC in which Scipio decisively defeated Hannibal at the end of the second Punic War
    Zama.
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Battle piece

  • a painting, or a musical composition, representing a battle.
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battle plan

  • noun plan for conducting a battle
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Battle royal

  • noun a noisy riotous fight
    melee; scrimmage.
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  • . (a) A fight between several gamecocks, where the one that stands longest is the victor. Grose. (b) A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two are engaged; a mêlée. Thackeray.
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battle sight

  • noun an arrangement of sights that makes possible the rapid aiming of a firearm at short ranges
    battlesight.
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battle-ax

  • noun a broadax used as a weapon
    battle-ax.
  • noun a sharp-tongued domineering wife
    battle-ax.
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Bat"tle-ax`, Bat"tle-axe` noun (Also<
  • Battle-ax
  • Battle-axe
)
Definitions
  1. (Mil.) A kind of broadax formerly used as an offensive weapon.
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battle-axe

  • noun a sharp-tongued domineering wife
    battle-ax.
  • noun a broadax used as a weapon
    battle-ax.
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Bat"tle-ax`, Bat"tle-axe` noun (Also<
  • Battle-ax
  • Battle-axe
)
Definitions
  1. (Mil.) A kind of broadax formerly used as an offensive weapon.
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battle-scarred

  • adjective satellite scarred by battle
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custody battle

  • noun litigation to settle custody of the children of a divorced couple
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Drawn battle

  • one in which neither party gains the victory.
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Drawn gamebattle

  • one in which neither party wins; one equally contested.
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field of battle

  • noun a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought
    battlefield; battleground; field; field of honor.
    • they made a tour of Civil War battlefields
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first battle of ypres

  • noun battle in World War I (1914); heavy but indecisive fighting as the Allies and the Germans both tried to break through the lines of the others
    Ypres; battle of Ypres.
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join battle

  • verb engage in a conflict
    • The battle over health care reform was joined
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Line of battle

  • noun a line formed by troops or ships prepared to deliver or receive an attack
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  • . (a) (Mil Tactics) The position of troops drawn up in their usual order without any determined maneuver . (b) (Naval) The line or arrangement formed by vessels of war in an engagement.
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Line of battle ship

  • . See Ship of the line, below.
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  • noun a pitched battle between naval fleets
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Order of battle

  • (Mil.), the particular disposition given to the troops of an army on the field of battle.
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Pitched battle

  • noun a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
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  • a general battle; a battle in which the hostile forces have fixed positions; in distinction from a skirmish.
  • one in which the armies are previously drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the forces.
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Plain battle

  • open battle; pitched battle. Obs. Chaucer.
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second battle of ypres

  • noun battle in World War I (1915); Germans wanted to try chlorine (a toxic yellow gas) as a weapon and succeeded in taking considerable territory from the Allied salient
    Ypres; battle of Ypres.
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third battle of ypres

  • noun battle in World War I (1917); an Allied offensive which eventually failed because tanks bogged down in the waterlogged soil of Flanders; Germans introduced mustard gas which interfered with the Allied artillery
    Ypres; battle of Ypres.
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To give battle

  • to attack an enemy.
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To join battle

  • to meet the attack; to engage in battle.
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To join battle, To join issue

  • . See under Battle, Issue.
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To wage battle

  • (O. Eng. Law), to give gage, or security, for joining in the duellum, or combat. See Wager of battel, under Wager, n. Burrill.
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Wager of battel, ∨ Wager of battle

  • (O. Eng. Law), the giving of gage, or pledge, for trying a cause by single combat, formerly allowed in military, criminal, and civil causes. In writs of right, where the trial was by champions, the tenant produced his champion, who, by throwing down his glove as a gage, thus waged, or stipulated, battle with the champion of the demandant, who, by taking up the glove, accepted the challenge. The wager of battel, which has been long in disuse, was abolished in England in 1819, by a statute passed in consequence of a defendant's having waged his battle in a case which arose about that period. See Battel.
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Wager of battle

  • . See under Wager, n.
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