1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in battle array. [archaic] “The whole battalion views.”
2. Mil. An infantry command of two or more companies, which is the tactical unit of the infantry, or the smallest command which is self-supporting upon the battlefield, and also the unit in which the strength of the infantry of an army is expressed.
Note: ☞ In the United States army, since April 29, 1898, a battalion consists of four companies, and three battalions form a regiment. The term is also applied to two or more batteries of artillery combined into a single command.
Bat·tal·ion v. t. To form into battalions. [R.]
n 1: an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three
or more companies
2: a large indefinite number; "a battalion of ants"; "a
multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions"
[syn: large number, multitude, plurality, pack]