capable of engaging in combat; ready for battle:
a decline in the nation’s battleworthy forces.
Only when the choice lies between two heavens—the selfish and the unselfish—is the battle worthy the fighting!
Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
I present the battle of heroes,–a battle worthy of the muse of Homer.
Beacon Lights of History, Volume V John Lord
Count Wasaburg, a natural son of Gustavus Adolphus, showed himself in this battle worthy of his descent.
The Thirty Years War, Complete Friedrich Schiller
All the battle worthy the name for the Southern cause at Gettysburg on the 2d and 3d was made by Longstreet.
Lee and Longstreet at High Tide Helen D. Longstreet
Then there burst forth on that heap of paving-stones, in that Rue de la Chanvrerie, a battle worthy of a wall of Troy.
Les Misrables Victor Hugo
a broadax formerly used as a weapon of war. Slang. a domineering, aggressive, sharp-tempered person, especially a woman. Historical Examples battle-axe, boarding-pike, pistol, and dagger were the weapons. The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 John Lothrop Motley He had just felled one of the fiercest Amalekites with his battle-axe. Joshua, Complete […]
- Battle-axe block
noun (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.