from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An army unit typically consisting of a headquarters and two or more companies, batteries, or similar subunits.
- n. A large body of organized troops.
- n. A great number: battalions of ants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters. Traditionally forming part of a regiment.
- n. an army unit having two or more companies, etc. and a headquarters; forming part of a brigade.
- n. Any large body of troops.
- n. A great number of things.
- v. To form into battalions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To form into battalions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An army in battle array.
- n. 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.
- n. Technically, a body of infantry composed of two or more companies forming part of a regiment, or sometimes constituting a whole regiment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large indefinite number
- n. an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies
French bataillon, from Old French, from Italian battaglione, augmentative of battaglia, from Vulgar Latin *battalia; see battle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bataillon. (Wiktionary)