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bat·tal·ion

 (bə-tăl′yən)
n.
1.
a. An army unit typically consisting of a headquarters and two or more companies, batteries, or similar subunits.
b. A large body of organized troops.
2. A great number: battalions of ants.

[French bataillon, from Old French, from Italian battaglione, augmentative of battaglia, from Vulgar Latin *battalia; see battle.]

battalion

(bəˈtæljən)
n
1. (Military) a military unit comprising three or more companies or formations of similar size
2. (Military) (usually plural) any large array
[C16: from French bataillon, from Old Italian battaglione, from battaglia company of soldiers, battle]

bat•tal•ion

(bəˈtæl yən)

n.
1. a military unit of ground forces comprising a headquarters and two or more companies.
2. an army in battle array.
3. Often, battalions. a large number of persons or things; force: battalions of sightseers.
[1580–90; < Middle French bataillon < Italian battaglione, derivative of battagli(a) body of troops; see battle1]

Battalion

 the main body of an army; an infantry command of two or more companies forming part of a regiment; a large number.
Examples: battalion of men, 1705; of soldiers; of sorrows, 1603; of tunnyfish, 1603.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battalion - an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companiesbattalion - an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies
army unit - a military unit that is part of an army
regiment - army unit smaller than a division
company - small military unit; usually two or three platoons
United States Army Rangers - a specially trained elite unit of the United States Army
2.battalion - a large indefinite numberbattalion - a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

battalion

noun
2. crowd, army, host, pack, mass, mob, herd, swarm, horde, multitude, throng, troupe, rabble, bevy battalions of highly paid publicists
Translations
كَتيبَه، فَوْج
bataliónprapor
bataljon
zászlóalj
herfylki
batalionas
bataljons
prápor
bataljon

battalion

[bəˈtælɪən] Nbatallón m

battalion

[bəˈtæljən] n (MILITARY)bataillon m

battalion

n (Mil, fig) → Bataillon nt

battalion

[bəˈtælɪən] nbattaglione m

battalion

(bəˈtӕljən) noun
a large body of foot soldiers forming part of a brigade.
References in classic literature ?
"Well, Michael Mitrich, sir?" he said, addressing one of the battalion commanders who smilingly pressed forward (it was plain that they both felt happy).
The battalion commander perceived the jovial irony and laughed.
Didn't I tell you, Michael Mitrich, that if it was said 'on the march' it meant in greatcoats?" said he reproachfully to the battalion commander.
Then, what should happen but a cow steps out and puts her head down to munch grass, with her broadside to the battalion, and they a-coming like the wind; they split apart to flank her, but SHE?
"She set to work and organized the Sixteen, and called it the First Battalion Rocky Mountain Rangers, U.S.A., and she wanted to be bugler, but they elected her Lieutenant-General and Bugler.
Tommy is the Colonel's son, and is fifteen and the oldest in the Battalion; Fanny Marsh is Brigadier-General, and is next oldest - over thirteen.
Abridgment: miniature Absurd: stupid, unpolished Abuse: cheat, deceive Aculeate: stinging Adamant: loadstone Adust: scorched Advoutress: adulteress Affect: like, desire Antic: clown Appose: question Arietation: battering-ram Audit: revenue Avoidance: secret outlet Battle: battalion Bestow: settle in life Blanch: flatter, evade Brave: boastful Bravery: boast, ostentation Broke: deal in brokerage Broken: shine by comparison Broken music: part music Cabinet: secret Calendar: weather forecast Card: chart, map Care not to: are reckless Cast: plan Cat: cate, cake Charge and adventure: cost and risk
Then followed four years of penal servitude, spent in the company of common criminals in Siberia, where he began the "Dead House," and some years of service in a disciplinary battalion.
They therefore chose as leaders Mice that were most renowned for their family descent, strength, and counsel, as well as those most noted for their courage in the fight, so that they might be better marshaled in battle array and formed into troops, regiments, and battalions. When all this was done, and the army disciplined, and the herald Mouse had duly proclaimed war by challenging the Weasels, the newly chosen generals bound their heads with straws, that they might be more conspicuous to all their troops.
And still the silent battalions moved slowly forward in the haze.
But as perhaps fifty of these whale-bone whales are harpooned for one cachalot, some philosophers of the forecastle have concluded that this positive havoc has already very seriously diminished their battalions. But though for some time past a number of these whales, not less than 13,000 have been annually slain on the nor' west coast by the Americans alone; yet there are considerations which render even this circumstance of little or no account as an opposing argument in this matter.
And although a complete proof of this latter cannot be shown, nevertheless there was some evidence of it at the battle of Ravenna, when the Spanish infantry were confronted by German battalions, who follow the same tactics as the Swiss; when the Spaniards, by agility of body and with the aid of their shields, got in under the pikes of the Germans and stood out of danger, able to attack, while the Germans stood helpless, and, if the cavalry had not dashed up, all would have been over with them.