(Bat"ra*choid) a. [Batrachia + -oid.] (Zoöl.) Froglike. Specifically: Of or pertaining to the
Batrachidæ, a family of marine fishes, including the toadfish. Some have poisonous dorsal spines.
(Bat`ra*cho*my*om"a*chy) n. [Gr. batrachomyomachi`a; ba`trachos frog + my^s
mouse + ma`chh battle.] The battle between the frogs and mice; a Greek parody on the Iliad, of
(Bat`ra*choph"a*gous) a. [Gr. ba`trachos frog + fagei^n to eat.] Feeding on frogs.
(Bats"man) n.; pl. Batsmen The one who wields the bat in cricket, baseball, etc.
(Bat's"-wing" or Bat"wing), a. Shaped like a bat's wing; as, a bat's-wing burner.
(||Bat"ta) n. [Prob. through Pg. for Canarese bhatta rice in the husk.] Extra pay; esp. an extra
allowance to an English officer serving in India. Whitworth.
(||Bat"ta) n. [Hind. ba&tsdot&tsdota.] Rate of exchange; also, the discount on uncurrent coins.
(Bat"ta*ble) a. [See Batful.] Capable of cultivation; fertile; productive; fattening. [Obs.] Burton.
(Bat"tail*ant) a. [F. bataillant, p. pr. See Battle, v. i. ] [Obs.] Prepared for battle; combatant; warlike.
Spenser. n. A combatant. Shelton.
(Bat"tail*ous) a. [OF. bataillos, fr. bataille. See Battle, n.] Arrayed for battle; fit or eager
for battle; warlike. [Obs.] "In battailous aspect." Milton.
(Bat*tal"ia) n. [LL. battalia battle, a body of troops. See Battle, n.]
1. Order of battle; disposition or arrangement of troops (brigades, regiments, battalions, etc.), or of a
naval force, for action.
A drawing up the armies in battalia.
2. An army in battle array; also, the main battalia or body. [Obs.] Shak.
(Bat*tal"ion) n. [F. bataillon, fr. It. battaglione. See Battalia.]
1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array. "The whole battalion views." Milton.
2. (Mil.) A regiment, or two or more companies of a regiment, esp. when assembled for drill or battle.
(Bat*tal"ion) v. t. To form into battalions. [R.]
(Bat"tel) n. [Obs. form. of Battle.] (Old Eng. Law) A single combat; as, trial by battel. See
Wager of battel, under Wager.
(Bat"tel), n. [Of uncertain etymology.] Provisions ordered from the buttery; also, the charges for
them; only in the pl., except when used adjectively. [Univ. of Oxford, Eng.]
(Bat"tel), v. i. To be supplied with provisions from the buttery. [Univ. of Oxford, Eng.]
(Bat"tel), v. t. [Cf. Batful, Batten, v. i.] To make fertile. [Obs.] "To battel barren land." Ray.