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Definition of battalion (Meaning of battalion)
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Battalion Bat*tal"ion (b[a^]t*t[a^]l"y[u^]n; 106), n. [F.
	     bataillon, fr. It. battaglione. See {Battalia}.]
	     1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in
	        battle array. [archaic] ``The whole battalion views.'
	        --Milton.
	        [1913 Webster +PJC]
	
	     2. (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.
	        [1913 Webster]
	
	     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.
	           [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
	
	
	
	  Battalion Bat*tal"ion, v. t.
	     To form into battalions. [R.]
	     [1913 Webster]

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