embattle

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

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; also, to prepare or arm for battle; to equip as for battle.
  2. (intransitive) To be arrayed for battle.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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.

Verb[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.