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battle (all the foll. are now obs. or archaic)
1. single combat R2 I. i. 92 “I . . .will in battle prove” . . .
2. body or line of troops in battle array 1H4 IV. i. 129; fig. Ven. 619 “battle . . . of bristly pikes” (on a boar's back).
3. main body of an armed force R3 V. iii. 300 “the main battle,” Mac. V. vi. 4 “Lead our first battle.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5.6
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry IV, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 1.1
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