Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one battalion or multiple battalions.)
A battalion is a large group of soldiers. A battalion can also be two or more groups of soldiers plus a headquarters.
Abstractly, a battalion is a large group of anything--usually people--that's organized and powerful.
How to use it:
You'll often see "battalion" used concretely: police battalions, volunteer battalions, Marine battalions, etc.
But we're interested in the abstract usage: with "battalion," you emphasize how structured, forceful, and powerful a group is. You're hinting that whatever action this group takes is like a battle.
Talk about a battalion of experts, a battalion of scientists, a battalion of cheerleaders, a battalion of cell phone users, a battalion of desserts at the bake sale, a battalion of features in the new photo editing software, a battalion of colorful booths at the comic book convention, etc.
Using the plural helps you make an even more dramatic point: battalions of troubles, worries, or sorrows; battalions of insects or dust bunnies; battalions of supporters or fans; battalions of haters, and so on.
I've heard that Beyonce's battalions of fans will instantly take down anyone who insults her online. I don't know whether to be impressed or scared.
In the US, at least, you just have to expect a battalion of complicated forms and nonsensical bureaucratic demands whenever you step into a government building hoping to get something done.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "battalion" means when you can explain it without saying “array of fighters" or "powerful group."
Think of a time you noticed or experienced a bunch of people working together really well to get something done, and fill in the blanks: "With swift efficiency, a battalion of _____ managed to _____."
Example: "With swift efficiency, a battalion of stage hands managed to sweep away the outdoor scenery and instantly replace it with that of a cozy living room."
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Buckminster Fuller: “Our survival won’t depend on political or economic systems. It’s going to depend on the courage of the individual to speak the truth, and to speak it lovingly and not destructively.”
1. The opposite of BATTALION could be
A. ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
B. LONE FIGHTER
2. Eventually the disease was overcome, thanks to a battalion of _____.
A. positive thinking
B. expert healthcare providers
C. naturally occurring immunity in the population
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