One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large body of troops ready for battle, especially an infantry unit forming part of a brigade typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel.
unit, regiment, brigade, force, garrison, division, squadron, squad, company, section, detachment, contingent, legion, corps, troop, groupView synonyms
- ‘He has held key staff positions with troops at the battalion, brigade and division levels.’
- ‘National Guard infantry battalions have been integrated into combat operations throughout the theater.’
- ‘Hoon's plan to cut British army infantry battalions from 40 to 36 was announced on Thursday.’
- ‘Later he commanded a tank battalion, an armored brigade and the First Cavalry Division.’
- ‘These included infantry battalions, land combat support units, the Special Air Service and aircrew personnel.’
- ‘Posted to the Far East, he became medical officer of an infantry battalion.’
- ‘The smallest unit of the battalion is a tactical loudspeaker broadcast team.’
- ‘When needed, the marines gather together enough battalions and brigades to form a division and that's that.’
- ‘This was different from its usual role of supporting a motorised infantry battalion.’
- ‘I'm sure that is an apt description of the reaction of the troops in those battalions.’
- ‘General Van Fleet did however command an infantry battalion during this period.’
- ‘Instead, there is the current system of battalions assigned to brigades.’
- ‘A brigade normally consists of about 3,000 to 4,000 troops probably including two to three infantry battalions.’
- ‘Donovan had won a Medal of Honor during World War I as an infantry battalion commander.’
- ‘The force now included around a battalion of infantry as well as a squadron of military engineers.’
- ‘Tank battalions, which supported infantry divisions, were at times broken up and spread over a whole division.’
- ‘It will detail which four infantry battalions will be cut.’
- ‘Only one of these battalions, the 36th battalion of the Civil Defence Corps, has been in action.’
- ‘From the beginning of the attack, troops of both battalions had displayed a disinclination to engage the enemy.’
- ‘Throughout World War II, infantry battalions did not even have battalion scouts.’
- 1.1 A large, organized group of people pursuing a common aim or sharing a major undertaking.
crowd, army, mob, throng, horde, swarm, multitude, herd, host, mass, drove, large numberView synonyms
- ‘Legislation was introduced to control prices, and exports, to requisition cereals, and to organize labour battalions to work the land.’
- ‘The corporations always have a battalion of crackerjack lawyers to defend themselves.’
- ‘It will keep a battalion of civil service economists and statisticians in work with the creation of more monitoring and evaluation.’
- ‘Suddenly, whole battalions of people with weird, rat-like faces were able to partake in a pastime previously denied them.’
- ‘It has, however, successfully filled a gap produced by the collapse of the big battalions of the international secular Left.’
- ‘A battalion of certified financial planners is in the making in the country’
- ‘Weinstein is expected to enlist the usual battalions of experts on forensic science, jury selection and criminal psychology.’
- ‘India's specialized technology institutes are turning out battalions of software wizards.’
Late 16th century: from French bataillon, from Italian battaglione, from battaglia ‘battle’, from Latin (see battle).
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