3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\ (b[a^]t*t[a^]l"y[u^]n; 106), noun [F. bataillon, fr. It. battaglione. See {Battalia}.]

1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array. [archaic] "The whole battalion views." --Milton. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. (Mil.) An infantry command of two or more companies, which is the tactical unit of the infantry, or the smallest command which is self-supporting upon the battlefield, and also the unit in which the strength of the infantry of an army is expressed.

Note: In the United States army, since April 29, 1898, a battalion consists of four companies, and three battalions form a regiment. The term is also applied to two or more batteries of artillery combined into a single command. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\, verb (used with an object) To form into battalions. [R.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies

2: a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions" [syn: {battalion}, {large number}, {multitude}, {plurality}, {pack}]

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