Battle

A battle is a combat in warfare between two or more armed forces, or combatants. A war usually consists of multiple battles. Battles generally are well defined in duration, area, and force commitment.[1] A battle with only limited engagement between the forces and without decisive results is sometimes called a skirmish.

Wars and military campaigns are guided by strategy, whereas battles take place on a level of planning and execution known as operational mobility.[2] German strategist Carl von Clausewitz stated that "the employment of battles ... to achieve the object of war"[3] was the essence of strategy.

Etymology

Battle is a loanword from the Old French bataille, first attested in 1297, from Late Latin battualia, meaning "exercise of soldiers and gladiators in fighting and fencing", from Late Latin (taken from Germanic) battuere "beat", from which the English word battery is also derived via Middle English batri.[4]

Other Languages
العربية: معركة
asturianu: Batalla
azərbaycanca: Döyüş
Bân-lâm-gú: Chiàn-tò͘
беларуская: Бітва
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Бітва
български: Битка
bosanski: Bitka
brezhoneg: Emgann
català: Batalla
čeština: Bitva
Cymraeg: Brwydr
Deutsch: Schlacht
eesti: Lahing
Ελληνικά: Μάχη
español: Batalla
Esperanto: Batalo
euskara: Gudu
فارسی: نبرد
français: Bataille
Frysk: Fjildslach
Gaeilge: Cath
Gàidhlig: Cath
galego: Batalla
한국어: 전투
հայերեն: Ճակատամարտ
hrvatski: Bitka
Bahasa Indonesia: Pertempuran
interlingua: Battalia
íslenska: Orrusta
italiano: Battaglia
עברית: קרב
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಕದನ
қазақша: Арпалыс
Latina: Proelium
latviešu: Kauja
Lëtzebuergesch: Schluecht
magyar: Csata
मराठी: लढाई
Bahasa Melayu: Pertempuran
Nederlands: Veldslag
日本語: 戦闘
norsk nynorsk: Militært slag
occitan: Batalha
олык марий: Кучедалмаш
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Jang
polski: Bitwa
português: Batalha
română: Bătălie
русский: Битва
саха тыла: Кыргыһыы
Scots: Battle
sicilianu: Battagghia
Simple English: Battle
slovenčina: Bitka (vojenstvo)
slovenščina: Bitka
српски / srpski: Битка
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Bitka
suomi: Taistelu
svenska: Slag (krig)
தமிழ்: சண்டை
Türkçe: Muharebe
українська: Битва
Tiếng Việt: Trận đánh
中文: 战役