• WordNet 3.6
    • n battalion an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies
    • n battalion a large indefinite number "a battalion of ants","a multitude of TV antennas","a plurality of religions"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Battalion A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array. "The whole battalion views."
    • Battalion (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.
    • v. t Battalion To form into battalions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n battalion An army in battle array.
    • n battalion In general, any distinct portion of an army or minor body of troops acting together: as, God is on the side of the largest battalions (a saying attributed to Turenne); a battalion of infantry, cavalry, grenadiers, voltigeurs, etc. In the United States two or more detached companies of infantry, squadrons of cavalry, or batteries of artillery serving together are called a battalion, simply for convenience.
    • n battalion Technically, a body of infantry composed of two or more companies forming part of a regiment, or sometimes constituting a whole regiment. In European armies an infantry regiment is usually divided into three battalions, sometimes with a fourth in reserve from which losses in the others are filled. Formerly the regiments of the United States army, then consisting of twelve companies, were divided into three battalions; but now each regiment of ten companies constitutes a single battalion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Battalion bat-al′yun a body of soldiers consisting of several companies: a body of men drawn up in battle-array.
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  • Voltaire
    “God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.”
  • Voltaire
    “God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It would take battalions of angels to protect us from our dreaded dangers, though in a long lifetime few of the dangers come to anything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bataillon, fr. It. battaglione,. See Battalia
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; from root of Battle.


In literature:

Each regiment scarcely composed a battalion, each battalion scarcely a platoon.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
From across the river the Yankee bugle rang out with the "reveille", call and instantly Major Robertson's voice "Battalion!
"A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." by George Little
He at once ordered out a battalion of foot, marched on the mill, and surrounded it.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
You can't put a fellow who has just learned to handle a gun to march at the head of the battalion.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
I do not remember of our having any battalion drill at Camp Carrollton.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
Is he still with the battalion?
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
But to them all, good, indifferent or bad, the Battalion's name and record came FIRST.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
Advancing in line, the British had two battalions mowed down by the Khalsa guns.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The same performance was gone thru and he gave the number of his battalion which was not the 25th.
"Over the top with the 25th" by R. Lewis
He has gone to Saint Die to present medals to a battalion of the 'Little Blue Devils' at that place.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry

In poetry:

The heather's on fire. McLeans from the byre,
The hamlet, the city, the wide open plains,
The lairds and rapscallions fill up the battalions
With blue blood, with true blood, the loyal McLeans.
"The McLeans" by Abner Cosens
When William, Duke of Schumbug,
A tyrant and a humbug,
With cannon and with thunder on our city bore,
Our fortitude and valiance
Insthructed his battalions
To respict the galliant Irish upon Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Sad heart! why art thou tremblingly beating—
What troubleth thee?
There where the waves from the fathomless water come greeting,
Wild with their glee!
Or rush from the rocks, like a routed battalion retreating,
Over the sea!
"Over the Sea" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Banners of battle-might, spear-glint and sword-light
Over the dream-vague, frowning battalions!
Hark, the hoarse trumpets bray! Sensing the coming fray,
Wraith-ridden, thunder-hoofed stallions neigh
Terror into the glooming day!
"Prarie Storm Rune" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Now the pipes are playing, now the drums are beat,
Now the strong battalions are marching up the street.
But the pipes will not be playing and the bayonets will not shine.
When the regiments I dream of come stumbling down the line.
"Before The Summer" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
I like the German fir-woods, in green battalions drilled;
I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing fountains filled;
But, oh, to take your hand, my dear, and ramble for a day
In the friendly western woodland where Nature has her way!
"An American in Europe" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Members of the Press and the public attended the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Chinook Fielding cermemony.
Battalion Chief David Hines says WFD got the call for the fire at 120 Cavalier Drive off Eastwood Road just before noon.
He has served as a detachment commander , a company commander and with the battalion plans and operations in the 2nd Battalion.
Jason McGowan, Gresham fire battalion chief, said firefighters responded to the emergency call at 3:12 pm on Monday at Dea's In and Out at 755 NE Burnside Rd.
COLUMBIA — A man suffered potentially life-threatening injuries after he fell 30 feet from a construction site Tuesday afternoon, Columbia Fire Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said.
Corporal Vergil Johnson (left), a tank crewman in 2nd Tank Battalion,and Cpl .
Hogan was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune.
The typical battalion has a lieutenant colonel, who outranks everybody, and a command sergeant major.
Waterloo Battalion Chief Mike Jenn says residents won't be able to return to the home for some time.
Battalion chief, volunteers hope rain will damper Devil's Night vandals.
' Darkhorse ' Battalion And The Afghan War.
A year ago, nearly 1,000 US Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
(AP) About 160 Fort Stewart soldiers from B Company of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment gathered for a medal ceremony Wednesday.
Richard Baker salutes his battalion Commander, Lt Col. Mike Jason, after receiving the Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal for valor during a medal ceremony on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012, at Fort Stewart, Ga.
Both soldiers received their medals after being wounded in Afghanistan while deployed with the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment.