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 for battalion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\ (b[a^]t*t[a^]l"y[u^]n; 106), n. [F.
     bataillon, fr. It. battaglione. See Battalia.]
     1. A body of troops; esp. a body of troops or an army in
        battle array. [archaic] "The whole battalion views."
        --Milton.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
           [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Battalion \Bat*tal"ion\, v. t.
     To form into battalions. [R.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  battalion
      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:
         battalion, large number, multitude, plurality,
         pack]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  75 Moby Thesaurus words for "battalion":
     KP, age group, army, army group, band, battery, battle group, bevy,
     body, brigade, bunch, cabal, cadre, cast, clique, cohort, column,
     combat command, combat team, company, complement, contingent,
     corps, coterie, covey, crew, crowd, detachment, detail, division,
     faction, field army, field train, file, fleet, flying column, gang,
     garrison, group, grouping, groupment, in-group, junta,
     kitchen police, legion, maniple, mob, movement, organization,
     out-group, outfit, pack, party, peer group, phalanx, platoon,
     posse, rank, regiment, salon, section, set, squad, squadron,
     stable, string, tactical unit, task force, team, train, tribe,
     troop, troupe, unit, wing
  
  

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