(Austral) a block of land behind another, with access from the street through a narrow drive
battle-bow the war-bow used in fighting (Zech. 9:10; 10:4). “Thy bow was made quite naked” (Hab. 3:9) means that it was made ready for use. By David’s order (2 Sam. 1:18) the young men were taught the use, or rather the song of the bow. (See ARMOUR ØT0000315, BOW.)
- Battle-ground state
a state of the U.S. in which the Democratic and Republican candidates both have a good chance of winning: the swing states of Ohio and Indiana.
- Battle royal
a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged. a heated argument: After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal. Contemporary Examples A faceless person casually explains that, since he has “to be there anyway,” he “might as well take part in the battle royal.” American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at […]
capable of engaging in combat; ready for battle: a decline in the nation’s battleworthy forces.