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a. An encounter between opposing forces: an important battle in the Pacific campaign.
b. Armed fighting; combat: wounded in battle.
2. A match between two combatants: trial by battle.
a. A protracted controversy or struggle: won the battle of the budget.
b. An intense competition: a battle of wits.
v. bat·tled, bat·tling, bat·tles
To engage in or as if in battle.
To fight against: battled the enemy; battled cancer.

[Middle English batel, from Old French bataille, from Vulgar Latin *battālia, from Late Latin battuālia, fighting and fencing exercises, from Latin battuere, to beat.]

bat′tler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.battler - someone who fights (or is fighting)battler - someone who fights (or is fighting)
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
defender, withstander - a fighter who holds out against attack
boxer, pugilist - someone who fights with his fists for sport
brawler - a fighter (especially one who participates in brawls)
butter - a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head
fencer, swordsman - someone skilled at fencing
gladiator - (ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat
gouger - an attacker who gouges out the antagonist's eye
hell-kite, hell-rooster, gamecock - someone who is a very fierce fighter
mauler - a fighter who batters the opponent; "Jack Dempsey was called a mauler"
skirmisher - someone who skirmishes (e.g., as a member of a scouting party)
tough, street fighter - someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
victor, master, superior - a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
grappler, matman, wrestler - combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground


[ˈbætlər] nbattant(e) m/f
References in classic literature ?
With a shrill scream she ran toward the battlers who were rolling in a great mass at the foot of one of the huge boulders which dotted the grove; but what could she do?
DAVID WAGNER does not care whether Huddersfield play Champions League chasers or relegation battlers his team is all that matters.
After getting stick on social media, Darren says the flyover is now likely to be a message of support for some of the North East's young cancer battlers.
REMI GARDE finally sealed his first victory as Aston Villa boss as the basement battlers ended a horror winless run that stretched back to August.
Spurs suffered a second defeat in a row, a 1-0 reverse at relegation battlers Norwich on Sunday, having lost the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash away to Dnipro earlier in the week.
After Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Liverpool, an encounter with Tony Pulis' battlers would not normally be viewed as the ideal method of recovery.
WEST HAM boss GIANFRANCO ZOLA has demanded 100% focus from his relegation battlers - and warned them against "doing silly things" in tonight's clash with Wolves at Upton Park.
The Black Cats boss watched his battlers coast the first half thanks to a double from the in-form Darren Bent but a shaky second period saw keeper Craig Gordon make a series of stunning saves.
Gary Ablett's basement battlers secured only their fourth win of the campaign with Johnson's superb effort, and it was no more than they deserved.
The strong pace of the Champion Hurdle means there are few hiding places and tough battlers tend to come to the fore, and this probably explains why winners have had at least ten runs over hurdles.
Nine-man Wrexham were denied a win at the foot of League Two after Glynn Hurst struck a last-minute equaliser for fellow relegation battlers Bury.
Forget the fancy football, which hasn't got us anywhere except fighting relegation, and bring back our 90-minute battlers.