from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An intense battle fought in close contact by troops arranged in a predetermined formation.
- n. A fiercely waged battle or struggle between opposing forces.
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- n. A hostile engagement involving sustained, full-scale fighting between opposing forces in close combat.
- n. An intense, rancorous argument or confrontation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. one in which the armies are previously drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the forces.
- transitive v. a general battle; a battle in which the hostile forces have fixed positions; -- in distinction from a skirmish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
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William had not fought a pitched battle since Val-es-dunes in his youth.
Tenthly, some men of your unit disgracefully attacked an EDES unit on the flank when they were engaged in a pitched battle with a unit of the SS.
II, 217); Ardengho, under whom was fought (1245) a pitched battle with the Patarini or Catharist heretics; Antonio Orso (1309), who roused all Florence, and even his clergy, against the German Emperor Henry VII; Angelo Acciaiuoli
He turned a corner and came face-to-face with a trio of troopers fighting a pitched battle against a huge, black hellhound and a four-armed cyclops, the hulking result of another dementia caster's efforts.
Over four years of war Philadelphia had been garrisoned, invaded, and occupied by the enemy, but the first pitched battle to occur within the confines of the city had taken place between factions of her own citizens.
Viriathus was too shrewd to fight a pitched battle as the Romans wished.
My advice to you is to avoid any pitched battle with Cleombro-tus.
It was Crassuss dream and Spartacuss nightmare: a pitched battle against the Roman army.