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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛmˈbætl̩/
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English enbatelen, embatailen, from Old French embataillier (to array for battle), from em- (Latin in) + bataille (battle).

VerbEdit

embattle (third-person singular simple present embattles, present participle embattling, simple past and past participle embattled)

  1. (transitive) To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle
  2. to prepare or arm for battle; to equip as for battle.
  3. (intransitive) To be arrayed for battle.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English enbatelen, enbatailen, from Old French *embastiller ("to fortify"; > Middle Latin imbataliare, imbattajare), from en- +‎ + bastiller (to build, fortify, embattle). More at baste.

VerbEdit

embattle (third-person singular simple present embattles, present participle embattling, simple past and past participle embattled)

  1. (transitive) to furnish with battlements; give the form of battlements to
    to embattle a wall
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NounEdit

embattle (plural embattles)

  1. (heraldry) a merlon, or a single one of the series of solid projections of a battlement

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for embattle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)