embattle
transitive verb (embattled; embattling) Etymology: Middle English embatailen, from Anglo-French embatailler, from en- + batailler to battle Date: 14th century 1. to arrange in order of battle ; prepare for battle 2. fortify

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  • Embattle — Em*bat tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Embattled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Embattling}.] [OF. embataillier; pref. em (L. in) + F. bataille battle. See {Battle}, and cf. {Battlement}.] To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle; also, to prepare or arm …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Embattle — Em*bat tle, v. i. To be arrayed for battle. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Embattle — Em*bat tle, v. t. [See {Battlement}.] To furnish with battlements. Embattled house. Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • embattle — late 14c., prepare for a fight, from O.Fr. embataillier to prepare for battle, from en (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + bataille (see BATTLE (Cf. battle)). Originally of armies; of individuals as well since 1590s (first attested in Spenser). Embattled in …   Etymology dictionary

  • embattle — [v] prepare for battle arm, array, equip, fortify, furnish, make ready, militarize, mobilize, prepare for combat, strengthen, supply; concept 202 …   New thesaurus

  • embattle — [em bat′ l] vt. embattled, embattling [ME embataillen: see EN 1 & BATTLEMENT] 1. to prepare, array, or set in line for battle 2. to fortify 3. to provide with battlements embattlement n …   English World dictionary

  • embattle — embattle1 /em bat l/, v.t., embattled, embattling. 1. to arrange in order of battle; prepare for battle; arm. 2. to fortify (a town, camp, etc.). [1350 1400; ME embatailen < MF embataillier. See EM 1, BATTLE1] embattle2 /em bat l/, v.t …   Universalium

  • embattle — verb /ɛmˈbætl̩/ To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle; also, to prepare or arm for battle; to equip as for battle …   Wiktionary

  • Embattle — To make ready for a battle or war; to take up battle positions; to fortify a town; later to provide or add battlements to a castle, to *crenellate. It is a specific form of fortifying …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • embattle — Synonyms and related words: arm, armor, armor plate, bank, barricade, battle, blockade, bulwark, castellate, crenellate, dig in, entrench, fence, fortify, garrison, man, man the garrison, mine, palisade, wall …   Moby Thesaurus

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