3 dicționare găsite pentru pitched battle
Din dicționarul The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Pitch \Pitch\, v. t. [OE. picchen; akin to E. pick, pike.] 1. To throw, generally with a definite aim or purpose; to cast; to hurl; to toss; as, to pitch quoits; to pitch hay; to pitch a ball. [1913 Webster] 2. To thrust or plant in the ground, as stakes or poles; hence, to fix firmly, as by means of poles; to establish; to arrange; as, to pitch a tent; to pitch a camp. [1913 Webster] 3. To set, face, or pave with rubble or undressed stones, as an embankment or a roadway. --Knight. [1913 Webster] 4. To fix or set the tone of; as, to pitch a tune. [1913 Webster] 5. To set or fix, as a price or value. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Pitched battle, a general battle; a battle in which the hostile forces have fixed positions; -- in distinction from a skirmish. To pitch into, to attack; to assault; to abuse. [Slang] [1913 Webster]Din dicționarul The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Battle \Bat"tle\, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle, OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators, fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. Battalia, 1st Battel, and see Batter, v. t. ] 1. A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat. [1913 Webster] 2. A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life. [1913 Webster] The whole intellectual battle that had at its center the best poem of the best poet of that day. --H. Morley. [1913 Webster] 3. A division of an army; a battalion. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The king divided his army into three battles. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the battle, and on it alone depended the fate of every action. --Robertson. [1913 Webster] 4. The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia. [Obs.] --Hayward. [1913 Webster] Note: Battle is used adjectively or as the first part of a self-explaining compound; as, battle brand, a "brand" or sword used in battle; battle cry; battlefield; battle ground; battle array; battle song. [1913 Webster] Battle piece, a painting, or a musical composition, representing a battle. Battle royal. (a) A fight between several gamecocks, where the one that stands longest is the victor. --Grose. (b) A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two are engaged; a m[^e]l['e]e. --Thackeray. Drawn battle, one in which neither party gains the victory. To give battle, to attack an enemy. To join battle, to meet the attack; to engage in battle. Pitched battle, one in which the armies are previously drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the forces. Wager of battle. See under Wager, n. [1913 Webster] Syn: Conflict; encounter; contest; action. Usage: Battle, Combat, Fight, Engagement. These words agree in denoting a close encounter between contending parties. Fight is a word of less dignity than the others. Except in poetry, it is more naturally applied to the encounter of a few individuals, and more commonly an accidental one; as, a street fight. A combat is a close encounter, whether between few or many, and is usually premeditated. A battle is commonly more general and prolonged. An engagement supposes large numbers on each side, engaged or intermingled in the conflict. [1913 Webster]Din dicționarul WordNet (r) 2.0 :
pitched battle n : a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
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