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battle

(Dispute), noun action, affair, affray, argument, campaign, clash, collision, conflict, confrontation, contention, contest, crusade, discord, dispute, dissension, encounter, hostilities, ordeal, resistance, row, showdown, strife, struggle

battle

(Fight), noun affray, altercation, armed conflict, bout, brawl, combat, conflict, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee, quarrel, rift, scuffle, skirmish, tussle, war, warfare

battle

(Dispute), verb altercate, argue, attack, bicker, campaign, clash, compete, contend, contest, debate, dissent, encounter, engage, grapple, litigate, oppose, resist, strike at, struggle, take on, wrangle

battle

(Fight), verb assault, attack, combat, come to blows, physically assault, pummel, resist, skirmish
See also: affray, altercation, bicker, collision, compete, conflict, confrontation, contend, contest, defy, disagree, dispute, engage, fracas, fray, grapple, involve, oppose, resistance, strife, struggle

battle

trial by battle was an ancient form of alternative dispute resolution by which parties fought each other to the death. Champions could be substituted. It was abolished in England after 1818. In Scotland, it took longer for a final determination on competency, a ruling on the point being sought only in 1985.
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When Bert's sense of security was sufficiently restored for him to watch the battle again, he perceived that a brisk little fight was in progress between the Asiatic aeronauts and the German engineers for the possession of Niagara city.
The central tangle of the battle above was circling down as if to come into touch with the power-house fight.
Thence the battle circled back over Niagara, and then suddenly the Germans, as if at a preconcerted signal, broke and dispersed, going east, west, north, and south, in open and confused flight.
She lifted weakly, turned sharply as if to get out of the battle, burst into flames fore and aft, swept down to the water, splashed into it obliquely, and rolled over and over and came down stream rolling and smashing and writhing like a thing alive, halting and then coming on again, with her torn and bent propeller still beating the air.
He sprang from his chariot clad in his suit of armour, and went about among the host brandishing his two spears, exhorting the men to fight and raising the terrible cry of battle.
My friends," said he, "quit yourselves like brave men, and shun dishonour in one another's eyes amid the stress of battle.
Brave Menelaus pitied them in their fall, and made his way to the front, clad in gleaming bronze and brandishing his spear, for Mars egged him on to do so with intent that he should be killed by Aeneas; but Antilochus the son of Nestor saw him and sprang forward, fearing that the king might come to harm and thus bring all their labour to nothing; when, therefore Aeneas and Menelaus were setting their hands and spears against one another eager to do battle, Antilochus placed himself by the side of Menelaus.
Mars and dread Enyo led them on, she fraught with ruthless turmoil of battle, while Mars wielded a monstrous spear, and went about, now in front of Hector and now behind him.
From the body of the car there went a pole of silver, on to the end of which she bound the golden yoke, with the bands of gold that were to go under the necks of the horses Then Juno put her steeds under the yoke, eager for battle and the war-cry.
They rose up and tossed their spears: the soldiers called to the captains, 'Come, lead us'--and the captains cried to the king, 'Direct thou the battle.
Their plumes covered the valleys as the plumes of a bird cover her nest; they shook their shields and shouted, yea, they shook their shields in the sunlight; they lusted for battle and were glad.
They are food for the kites and the foxes, and the place of battle is fat with their blood.