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Other Battalion Definition

[n] an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies
[n] a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"

Misc. Definitions

\Bat*tal"ion\, n. [F. bataillon, fr. It. battaglione. See {Battalia}.]
1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array. ``The whole battalion views.'' --Milton.
2. (Mil.) A regiment, or two or more companies of a regiment, esp. when assembled for drill or battle.
\Bat*tal"ion\, v. t. To form into battalions. [R.]
\Bat*tal"ion\, n. (Mil.) An infantry command of two or more companies, which is the tactical unit of the infantry, or the smallest command which is self-supporting upon the battlefield, and also the unit in which the strength of the infantry of an army is expressed. Note: In the United States army, since April 29, 1898, a battalion consists of four companies, and three battalions form a regiment. The term is also applied to two or more batteries of artillery combined into a single command.

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