- (obsolete) Order of battle; disposition or arrangement of troops or of a naval force, ready for action.
1651, Taylor, Jeremy, “Sermon VI”, in The Sermons of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, Philadelphia: H. Hooker, published 1845, pages 456–457:
- […] but we find, by a sad experience, that few questions are well stated; and when they are, they are not consented to; and when they are agreed on by both sides that they are well stated, it is nothing else but a drawing up the armies in battalia with great skill and discipline; the next thing they do is, they thrust their swords into one another's sides.
- (obsolete) An army in battle array; also, the main battalia or body.