- (transitive) To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle; also, to prepare or arm for battle; to equip as for battle.
- (intransitive) To be arrayed for battle.
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.
embattle (plural embattles)
- (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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)