from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To prepare for battle; array.
  • transitive v. To furnish with battlements for defense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle; also, to prepare or arm for battle; to equip as for battle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be arrayed for battle.
  • transitive v. To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle; also, to prepare or arm for battle; to equip as for battle.
  • transitive v. To furnish with battlements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prepare or array for battle; arrange in order of battle.
  • To form in order of battle.
  • To furnish with battlements; give the form of battlements to: used chiefly in the past participle.
  • n. In heraldry, a merlon, or a single one of the series of solid projections of a battlement. See cut under battlement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. prepare for battle or conflict
  • v. fortify by furnishing with battlements for defense


Middle English embataillen, from Old French embataillier : en-, in; see en-1 + bataillier, to battle (from bataille, battle; see battle).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French embataillier; pref. em- (Latin in) + French bataille, battle. (Wiktionary)


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