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

  • adj. Prepared or fortified for battle or engaged in battle: embattled troops; an embattled city.
  • adj. Beset with attackers, criticism, or controversy: an embattled legislative minority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Subject to or troubled by battles, controversy or debates.
  • adj. Prepared or armed for battle.
  • adj. Of a wall, fortress, etc., having battlements or crenellations.
  • adj. Drawn with a line of alternating square indentations and extensions.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of embattle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having indentations like a battlement.
  • adj. Having the edge broken like battlements; -- said of a bearing such as a fess, bend, or the like.
  • adj. Having been the place of battle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furnished with battlements; specifically, in heraldry, broken in square projections and depressions like the merlons and intervals of battlements: said of one of the lines forming the boundaries of an ordinary or other bearing; also said of the bearing whose outline is so broken: as, a fesse embattled. Also battled, crénelé, crenelated, crenellated. Also written imbattled.

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

  • adj. prepared for battle
  • adj. having or resembling repeated square indentations like those in a battlement


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