Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To prepare for battle; array.
  • transitive v. To furnish with battlements for defense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle; also, to prepare or arm for battle; to equip as for battle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To arrange in order of battle; to array for battle; also, to prepare or arm for battle; to equip as for battle.
  • intransitive v. To be arrayed for battle.
  • transitive v. To furnish with battlements.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prepare or array for battle; arrange in order of battle.
  • To form in order of battle.
  • To furnish with battlements; give the form of battlements to: used chiefly in the past participle.
  • n. In heraldry, a merlon, or a single one of the series of solid projections of a battlement. See cut under battlement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. prepare for battle or conflict
  • v. fortify by furnishing with battlements for defense

Etymologies

Middle English embataillen, from Old French embataillier : en-, in; see en-1 + bataillier, to battle (from bataille, battle; see battle).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French embataillier; pref. em- (Latin in) + French bataille, battle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I will tell you, it's warm -- heartwarming, because I see this tremendous, tremendous effusion of friendship towards Israel as a sister democracy, yes, often embattled by these dark forces of terrorism that embattle all of us.

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  • In 2005 the Bush administration played an essential role in securing the now imperiled CPA and a fragile peace between the North and the embattle Southern Sudan.

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  • In Afghanistan, the Taliban was removed from power, but it was done in a way that leaves them on the map, continuing to embattle the government we installed to replace them, and our primary focus, the top echelon of the Al Qaida terrorist ring, continues to elude capture.

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  • What we want to do is apply pressure to embattle President Taylor, for him to do whatever he can to vacate the presidency.

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  • And Douglas found the forces that were to embattle him drawing up in line.

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  • She feared he would vent plain speech that would cut Mr. Feuerstein's sensitive soul and embattle his dignity and pride against his love.

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  • Since the British braggart began to embattle Gibraltar, having thieved it from Catholic Spain, a wind of desolation breathes over the whole country.

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  • Against her Napoleon now prepared to embattle the might of his vast Empire.

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