A racquet sport played indoors on a court by two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs of players (doubles), in which a shuttlecock is volleyed over a net and the competitions are presided by an umpire in British English and a referee in American English.
* badders (UK, informal )
From Early Modern English .
Improving; nutritious; fattening.
- battle''' grass'', '''''battle pasture
- battle''' soil'', '''''battle land
To nourish; feed.
To render fertile or fruitful, as in soil.
From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), from ).
Displaced native (etyl) .
A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.
A struggle; a contest.
*(rfdate) (Henry Morley) (1822-1894):
*:The whole intellectual battle that had at its centre the best poem of the best poet of that day.
*:In truth, Tottenham never really looked like taking all three points and this defeat means they face a battle to reach the knockout stages—with their next home game against PAOK Salonika on 30 November likely to prove decisive.
Clive James 'near the end' in cancer ' battle , ITV News, 21 June 2012:
*:Australian broadcaster Clive James has admitted that he is losing his long-fought battle with leukaemia.
A division of an army; a battalion.
*:THenne kyng Arthur made redy his hoost in x batails' and Nero was redy in the felde afore the castel Tarabil with a grete hoost / & he had x ' batails with many mo peple than Arthur had
*(rfdate) (Francis Bacon) (1561-1626):
*:The king divided his army into three battles .
*:The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the battle , and on it alone depended the fate of every action.
*2000 , (George RR Martin), A Storm of Swords , Bantam 2011, page 634:
*:‘I will have more than twelve thousand men. I mean to divide them into three battles and start up the causeway a half-day apart.’
(label) The main body, as distinct from the vanguard and rear; battalia.
* battleground / battle ground
* battle of the sexes
* battle piece
* battle royal
* battle song
* do battle
* drawn battle
* fight a losing battle
* give battle
* join battle
* pitched battle
* wager of battle
To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.
To assail in battle; to fight or struggle.
- She has been battling against cancer for years .
- She has been battling cancer for years .