Generally, a battle "is a conceptual component in the hierarchy of combat in warfare between two or more armed forces, or combatants. A war sometimes consists of many battles. Battles generally are well defined in duration, area, and force commitment. Wars and military campaigns are guided by strategy, whereas battles take place on a level of planning and execution known as operational mobility. German strategist Carl von Clausewitz stated that "the employment of battles ...
battle a. Fertile. See Battel, a.
battle v. t. A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.
battle v. t. A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.
battle v. t. A division of an army; a battalion.
battle v. t. The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.
battle n. To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
battle v. t. To assail in battle; to fight.
battle n. combat, fight, war v. fight, engage in combat