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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A growing fat, or the process of causing to grow fat; a fattening.
  • n. That which nourishes or fattens, as food, or feed for animals, or manure for soil.
  • adj. Nourishing; fattening.
  • adj. Fertile.
  • v. Present participle of battle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nourishing; fattening.
  • Fertile.
  • n. A growing fat, or the process of causing to grow fat; a fattening.
  • n. That which nourishes or fattens, as food, or feed for animals, or manure for soil.

Etymologies

From battle ("to nourish, feed"). (Wiktionary)
From battle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Schumacher showed little interest in battling for a podium spot, however, driving defensively the rest of the way to keep Button behind him.

    Mark Webber leads Red Bull to victory at F1's Spanish GP

  • The tip-off has been heralded as a major intelligence coup, but the detainee's shifting loyalties to al Qaeda over the years also underscore the challenges in battling the group.

    World Watch

  • But the detainee's shifting loyalties to al Qaeda over the years also underscore the challenges in battling the group.

    Source of Bomb-Plot Tip-Off Is Named

  • She held out her arms for him to place the wrap about her -- her valiant little arms that were so wise and steel-like in battling with the breakers, and that yet were such just mere-woman's arms, round and warm and white, delicious as a woman's arms should be, with the canny muscles, masking under soft-roundness of contour and fine smooth skin, capable of being flexed at will by the will of her.

    THE KANAKA SURF

  • It's conceivable that Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels could begin battling for the starting job at the outset of training camp for a second consecutive year only to have Favre show up after the Mankato portion of the practices are complete.

    Minnesota Vikings Team Report

  • Come Thursday night, at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, the 28-year old Mr. Myerson has enlisted 28 amateur boxers to fight three two-minute rounds apiece—separated, of course, by round-marking, placard-waving "ring girls"—all in the name of battling cancer.

    Boxers Fighting Against Cancer

  • Also similar to the civil war, the US is again battling over states 'rights.

    DNC: Barbour 'defended the indefensible'

  • Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Ben S. Bernanke deserves another term as Federal Reserve Chairman based on his success in battling the financial crisis, said Princeton University Economist Paul Krugman, a winner of the Nobel Prize.

    Change that didn't happen (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • The obesity epidemic is threatening national security, so schools — which are on the front lines in battling the problem — need to boot out junk food and serve healthier snacks and meals, a group of retired military leaders is announcing today.

    Facing unfit recruits, military leaders target food in schools

  • Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, shared her powerful story of inspiration and courage in battling cancer.

    Highlights From Maria Shriver's The Women's Conference

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