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  • Batten, Jean (New Zealand aviator)

    Jean Batten, aviator who made record-breaking flights from 1933 to 1937 and was perhaps the most famous New Zealander of the 1930s. Batten was sent by her parents to England to study music, but she became intensely interested in flying and earned a private pilot’s license in 1930. She gained a

  • Battenberg family (European family)

    Battenberg family, a family that rose to international prominence in the 19th and 20th centuries, the name being a revival of a medieval title. The first Battenbergs were a family of German counts that died out about 1314 and whose seat was the castle of Kellerburg, near Battenberg, in Hesse. The

  • Battenberg, Louis Alexander, Prince of (British admiral)

    Louis Alexander Mountbatten, 1st marquess of Milford Haven, British admiral of the fleet and first sea lord, who was responsible, with Winston Churchill, for the total mobilization of the fleet prior to World War I. The eldest son of Prince Alexander of Hesse, he was naturalized as a British

  • Battenberg, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, Prince of (British statesman)

    Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten, British statesman, naval leader, and the last viceroy of India. He had international royal-family background; his career involved extensive naval commands, the diplomatic negotiation of independence for India and Pakistan, and the highest military defense

  • batter (baseball)

    baseball: Play of the game: …as home plate, where a batter, holding a formed stick (a bat), waits for him to throw a hard leather-covered ball. The goal of the batter is to hit the ball out of the reach of the fielders and eventually (most often with the help of hits by subsequent batters)…

  • batter (food)

    Batter, mixture of flour and liquid with other ingredients, such as leavening agents, shortening, sugar, salt, eggs, and various flavouring materials, used to make baked products. Such mixtures—called doughs—are thick and flexible, allowing them to be shaped and rolled. Batters, however, contain

  • Batter My Heart (sonnet by Donne)

    Batter My Heart, sonnet by John Donne, one of the 19 Holy Sonnets, or Divine Meditations, originally published in 1633 in the first edition of Songs and Sonnets. Written in direct address to God and employing violent and sexual imagery, it is one of Donne’s most dramatic devotional lyrics. The poet

  • battered child syndrome

    Child abuse, the willful infliction of pain and suffering on children through physical, sexual, or emotional mistreatment. Prior to the 1970s the term child abuse normally referred to only physical mistreatment, but since then its application has expanded to include, in addition to inordinate

  • battered woman syndrome

    Battered woman syndrome, Psychological and behavioral pattern displayed by female victims of domestic violence. Explanations that have evolved since the late 1970s include learned helplessness, a “cycle of violence” theory, and a form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The term is a legal concept

  • batterie

    dance: Basic characteristics: …their jumps and their vigorous batterie (beating together of the legs in midair), through the speed and multiplicity of their turns, and through the fast linking steps that seem to move them effortlessly, almost without touching the floor, from one virtuoso movement to another. In ballet the stress and effort…

  • battering ram

    Battering ram, ancient and medieval weapon consisting of a heavy timber, typically with a metal knob or point at the front. Such devices were used to batter down the gates or walls of a besieged city or castle. The ram itself, usually suspended by ropes from the roof of a movable shed, was swung

  • Battersea (neighbourhood, London, United Kingdom)

    Battersea, area on the south bank of the River Thames in the London borough of Wandsworth. It is known for its riverside park and its (now defunct) power station; in the mid-18th century it was the production site of Battersea enamelware. The area was settled in the Iron Age, as evidenced by

  • Battersea Bridge (bridge, London, United Kingdom)

    Battersea: …its western side is the Battersea Bridge (1890); the current structure replaces a wooden bridge (late 18th century) that was the subject of a nocturne by the American-born artist James McNeill Whistler.

  • Battersea enamelware

    Battersea enamelware, type of painted enamelware considered the finest of its kind to be produced in England during the mid-18th century. It is especially noted for the high quality of its transfer printing. Battersea ware was made at York House in Battersea, a district in London, by Stephen

  • Battersea Park (park, London, United Kingdom)

    Battersea: …for its unruly carnivals lies Battersea Park, which was opened in 1853 on the Thames riverfront. The park incorporated an amusement park in time for the Festival of Britain (1951), but the rides were dismantled in the mid-1970s. Many of the park’s salient features date from the late 19th century.…

  • battery (baseball)

    baseball: The battery: The pitcher and catcher together are known as the battery or as batterymen. As a fielder, the pitcher may function as an emergency first baseman, and he fields bunts or other infield grounders hit his way. The ability of the pitcher to quickly transition…

  • battery (law)

    Assault and battery, related but distinct crimes, battery being the unlawful application of physical force to another and assault being an attempt to commit battery or an act that causes another reasonably to fear an imminent battery. These concepts are found in most legal systems and together

  • battery (electronics)

    Battery, in electricity and electrochemistry, any of a class of devices that convert chemical energy directly into electrical energy. Although the term battery, in strict usage, designates an assembly of two or more galvanic cells capable of such energy conversion, it is commonly applied to a

  • Battery Park (park, Burlington, Vermont, United States)

    Burlington: …during the War of 1812 Battery Park was the site of several engagements between land batteries and British warships on the lake. It is famous for sunset views.

  • Battery, The (gardens, Charleston, South Carolina, United States)

    Charleston: The Battery (White Point Gardens), conspicuous for monuments and military relics, stands at the city’s southern extremity, overlooking the rivers and the harbour. Fort Sumter National Monument, commemorating the first shot fired in the Civil War, is located about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) southeast of…

  • batterymen (baseball)

    baseball: The battery: The pitcher and catcher together are known as the battery or as batterymen. As a fielder, the pitcher may function as an emergency first baseman, and he fields bunts or other infield grounders hit his way. The ability of the pitcher to quickly transition…

  • Batteux, Charles (French philosopher)

    aesthetics: Major concerns of 18th-century aesthetics: …and subsequently made famous by Charles Batteux in a book entitled Les Beaux Arts réduits à un même principe (1746; “The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle”). This diffuse and ill-argued work contains the first modern attempt to give a systematic theory of art and aesthetic judgment that will…

  • Batthyáneum Library (library, Alba Iulia, Romania)

    Alba Iulia: …an 18th-century fortress, and the Batthyáneum Library, founded in 1784 by Ignatius Batthyány, a Catholic bishop, and containing many incunabula and old manuscripts of great value, notably the Codex Aureus from the 8th century. Industries in Alba Iulia include leatherworking and food processing and the production of footwear, construction materials,…

  • Batthyány, Lajos, Count (Hungarian statesman)

    Lajos, count Batthyány, statesman who during the revolution of 1848 was premier of the first Hungarian parliamentary government and a martyr for Magyar independence. The son of wealthy liberal landowners whose nobility dated to 1398, Batthyány entered the military but left it in 1827 to manage his

  • Battiads (ancient Greek dynasty)

    North Africa: The Greeks in Cyrenaica: The dynasty of Battus ended about 440 bc with the establishment of a democratic constitution like that of Athens, and the general prosperity of Cyrenaica continued through the 4th century in spite of some political troubles. Cyrenaica submitted to Alexander the Great in the late 4th century and…

  • Batticaloa (Sri Lanka)

    Batticaloa, town, eastern Sri Lanka. Lying on an island off the eastern coast, it is linked to the mainland by causeway, bridge, and ferry and by road and railway connections. Batticaloa is the trading centre for rice and coconuts from nearby plantations and for other agricultural products. It was

  • batting (cricket)

    cricket: Batting: A batsman may hit right-handed or left-handed. Good batting is based on a straight (i.e., vertical) bat with its full face presented to the ball, although a cross (i.e., horizontal) bat can be used effectively to deal with short bowling. The chief strokes are:…

  • batting (fabric)

    quilting: Batting, or wadding, made of cotton, polyester, wool, or flannel is layered sandwich-style between the quilt top and backing. The three layers are basted or pinned together, and the quilting design is marked on the top and quilted (sewn) in small, even stitches by hand,…

  • batting (baseball)

    baseball: Analyzing baseball: …began furnishing year-end tabulations of batting, fielding, and pitching exploits. Hefty encyclopaedias of baseball contain detailed records of the performances of thousands of players and team seasons, and a vast array of special statistics are offered on the Internet.

  • batting average (baseball statistic)

    sabermetrics: Early analytic efforts: …railing about the inadequacy of batting average as an indicator of performance. As Lane noted, it made little sense to count a single the same as a home run, and eventually he devised his own (generally accurate) values for singles, doubles, triples, and home runs. During his 26-year tenure as…

  • batting order (baseball)

    baseball: The batting order: At the start of each game, managers from both teams submit a batting order to the umpire. The order lists the name and defensive position of each player in the game and the order in which they will hit. The order may not…

  • Battishill, Jonathan (British composer)

    Jonathan Battishill, English composer of church music and popular songs. Battishill was a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral (1747) and became conductor (directing from the harpischord) at Covent Garden about 1756. He composed songs and choruses for plays, notably, Almena (1764), an opera produced

  • Battistero San Giovanni (baptistery, Florence, Italy)

    Filippo Brunelleschi: Early years: …for the door of the Baptistery of Florence. Brunelleschi’s trial panel depicting “The Sacrifice of Isaac” is the high point of his career as a sculptor. His ability to arrest narrative action at the moment of its greatest dramatic impact and the vigorous gestures and animated expressions of the figures…

  • Battle (England, United Kingdom)

    Battle, town (parish), Rother district, administrative county of East Sussex, historic county of Sussex, southeastern England. It ls located just inland from Hastings. A ridge to the southeast, called Senlac, was the site of the famous Battle of Hastings in which William I the Conqueror defeated

  • battle (military operation)
  • Battle Above the Clouds (American Civil War)

    Battle of Lookout Mountain, in the American Civil War, one of the battles that ended the Confederate siege of Union troops at Chattanooga, Tenn. See Chattanooga, Battle

  • battle clout (archery)

    clout shooting: In another variety, called battle clout, a larger, more distant target and hunting arrows are often used.

  • Battle Creek (Michigan, United States)

    Battle Creek, city, Calhoun county, south-central Michigan, U.S. It lies at the juncture of Battle Creek with the Kalamazoo River, about 20 miles (30 km) east of Kalamazoo and about 45 miles (70 km) southwest of Lansing. Settled in 1831 and named in 1834 for a “battle” that had taken place on the

  • Battle Creek College (university, Berrien Springs, Michigan, United States)

    Ellen Gould Harmon White: …Emmanuel Missionary College (from 1960 Andrews University), and in 1903 the church headquarters and newspaper relocated to Takoma Park, Maryland. From that year White lived mainly in St. Helena, California.

  • Battle Creek Sanitarium (sanitarium, Battle Creek, Michigan, United States)

    breakfast cereal: …Reform Institute, later renamed the Battle Creek Sanitarium, in Battle Creek, Mich. The entrepreneurial possibilities of the ground, thin-baked cereal dough served to the Sanitarium’s patients inspired two men, C.W. Post and W.K. Kellogg, each to found his own business. In the late 20th century the ready-to-eat breakfast cereal industry…

  • battle cruiser (ship)

    naval ship: Cruisers: …series of ships it called battle cruisers. These were as large as the newest battleships and were armed with battleship guns, but they were much faster (initially a top speed of 25 knots, compared with the 21 knots of battleships). The first was HMS Invincible, completed in 1907. Many of…

  • Battle Cry (novel by Uris)

    Leon Uris: …the World War II novel Battle Cry (1953) and Exodus (1958), which deals with the struggle to establish and defend the state of Israel.

  • Battle Cry (film by Walsh [1955])

    Raoul Walsh: Last films: Battle Cry (1955) was an ode to the marines of World War II that remained as faithful as was then possible under the Production Code to the epic novel by Leon Uris (who also wrote the screenplay). It was Walsh’s first Cinemascope production and starred…

  • battle dance (ritual dance)

    dance: Defining according to function: …as descendants of the tribal war and hunting dances that have also been integral to many cultures. War dances, often using weapons and fighting movements, were used throughout history as a way of training soldiers and preparing them emotionally and spiritually for battle. Many hunting tribes performed dances in which…

  • battle fatigue (psychology)

    Combat fatigue, a neurotic disorder caused by the stress involved in war. This anxiety-related disorder is characterized by (1) hypersensitivity to stimuli such as noises, movements, and light accompanied by overactive responses that include involuntary defensive jerking or jumping (startle

  • Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists, The (work by Klein)

    Naomi Klein: Klein’s later books included The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists (2018), which focused on the struggle over the island’s recovery following Hurricane Maria.

  • Battle Hymn (film by Sirk [1957])

    Douglas Sirk: From All That Heaven Allows to Imitation of Life: Less lauded were Battle Hymn (1957), another vehicle for Hudson, which cast him as a minister training fighter pilots in Korea during the Korean War, and Interlude (1957), an assured if unremarkable remake of Stahl’s soap operaish When Tomorrow Comes (1939). With The Tarnished Angels (1958)—an adaptation of…

  • Battle Hymn of the Republic, The (hymn by Howe)

    Julia Ward Howe: …best known for her “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

  • Battle Line Smashing Song, The (work by Taizong)

    Chinese music: Courtly music: For example, “The Battle Line Smashing Song” was attributed to the Tang emperor Taizong (626–649). The accompanying dance is listed for 120 performers with spears and armour. A similarly grandiose piece is “Music of Grand Victory” credited to the next Tang emperor, Gaozong (649–683). Wuhou (died 705)…

  • battle mime (dance)

    sword dance: …one or more performers emphasize battle mime and originally served as military training. Crossed-sword dances are performed over two swords or a sword and scabbard crossed on the ground. Finally, guerrilla dances in circular formation are often performed with swords.

  • Battle of Alexander at Issus (painting by Altdorfer)

    Albrecht Altdorfer: Altdorfer’s masterpiece, the “Battle of Alexander at Issus” (1529; Alte Pinakothek, Munich), is both a battle scene of incredible detail and a highly dramatic and expressive landscape.

  • Battle of Algiers, The (film by Pontecorvo [1966])

    The Battle of Algiers, Italian-Algerian war film, released in 1966, that is the signature achievement of director Gillo Pontecorvo and an acclaimed experiment in cinéma vérité. The visually striking film documents the Algerian revolt against the French in 1954–62, with a focus on the events of

  • Battle of Anghiari (painting by Leonardo)

    Leonardo da Vinci: Second Florentine period (1500–08): …years he worked on this Battle of Anghiari; like its intended complementary painting, Michelangelo’s Battle of Cascina, it remained unfinished. During these same years Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa (c. 1503–19). (For more analysis of the work, see below The Mona Lisa and other works.)

  • Battle of Balaclava (Crimean War [1854])

    Battle of Balaklava, also spelled Balaclava, (Oct. 25 [Oct. 13, Old Style], 1854), indecisive military engagement of the Crimean War, best known as the inspiration of the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade.” In this battle, the Russians failed to capture Balaklava,

  • Battle of Britain (film by Hamilton [1969])

    Battle of Britain, British war film, released in 1969, that recounts Great Britain’s successful defense against German air raids during World War II. The film centres on various British military figures, a number of whom are based on real-life people, as the German air force (Luftwaffe) begins

  • Battle of Brunanburh, The (Old English poem)

    The Battle of Brunanburh, Old English poem of 73 lines included in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle under the year 937. It relates the victory of the Saxon king Athelstan over the allied Norse, Scots, and Strathclyde Briton invaders under the leadership of Olaf Guthfrithson, king of Dublin and claimant to

  • Battle of Brunnanburh, The (Old English poem)

    The Battle of Brunanburh, Old English poem of 73 lines included in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle under the year 937. It relates the victory of the Saxon king Athelstan over the allied Norse, Scots, and Strathclyde Briton invaders under the leadership of Olaf Guthfrithson, king of Dublin and claimant to

  • Battle of Campus Vouglé (French history)

    Alaric II: …in the battle of the Campus Vogladensis (Vouillé, in Poitou).

  • Battle of Campus Vouillé (French history)

    Alaric II: …in the battle of the Campus Vogladensis (Vouillé, in Poitou).

  • Battle of Coroneia (Greek history)

    Xenophon: Life: …mainland Greece, Xenophon fought (at Coronea in 394) for Sparta.

  • Battle of Dorking, The (short story by Chesney)

    science fiction: Mass markets and juvenile science fiction: …in George Chesney’s short story The Battle of Dorking (1871). First published in Blackwood’s Magazine, The Battle of Dorking darkly postulated a Prussian defeat of a poorly armed, weak, and unwary Britain and established the military techno-thriller. Chesney used his urgent narrative of the near future to warn against what…

  • Battle of Dragatsani (Balkan history)

    Battle of Dr?g??ani, (June 19, 1821), military engagement in which the Ottoman Turks defeated the forces of the Greek revolutionary society Philikí Etaireía and ended the first insurrection of the Greek War of Independence. Intending to overthrow Ottoman rule in the Balkans and to establish an

  • Battle of Gettysburg, The (painting by Philippoteaux)

    panorama: …son Paul painted the panorama The Battle of Gettysburg (1883), exhibiting it in several American cities before its permanent installation in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Other examples survive at The Hague and in Quebec city. A higher form of panoramic art is the Chinese and Japanese traditional hand scroll painting on paper…

  • Battle of Issus (mosaic)

    tessellated pavement: …1st-century ad representation of the Battle of Issus—was unearthed at Pompeii in the Faun House and is now in the National Archeological Museum at Naples.

  • Battle of Kursk Bulge (World War II)

    Battle of Kursk, (July 5–August 23, 1943), unsuccessful German assault on the Soviet salient around the city of Kursk, in western Russia, during World War II. The salient was a bulge in the Soviet lines that stretched 150 miles (240 km) from north to south and protruded 100 miles (160 km) westward

  • Battle of Legnano, The (opera by Verdi)

    Giuseppe Verdi: Early career: La battaglia di Legnano (1849; The Battle of Legnano), a tale of love and jealousy set against the Lombard League’s victory over Frederick Barbarossa in 1176 ce, was Verdi’s emphatic response to the Italian unification movement, or Risorgimento, which spilled over into open warfare in…

  • Battle of Los Angeles, The (album by Rage Against the Machine)

    Rage Against the Machine: The Battle of Los Angeles (1999) was also successful commercially. In the summer of 2000 the group staged a concert outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, after which a small riot erupted between some audience members and police. In October of that year,…

  • Battle of Maldon, The (Old English poem)

    The Battle of Maldon, Old English heroic poem describing a historical skirmish between East Saxons and Viking (mainly Norwegian) raiders in 991. It is incomplete, its beginning and ending both lost. The poem is remarkable for its vivid, dramatic combat scenes and for its expression of the Germanic

  • Battle of Midway, The (film by Ford [1942])

    John Ford: 1930s to World War II: …Department’s photographic unit—two of which, The Battle of Midway (1942) and December 7th (1943), won Academy Awards for best documentary—and, working for the Office of Strategic Services, he was present at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Having been personally under fire and a witness to slaughter, he was so proud of…

  • Battle of Nahāwand (Iranian history)

    Battle of Nahāvand, (ad 642), military clash in Iran between Arab and Sāsānian forces that was a major turning point in Iranian history. The battle ended in disastrous defeat for the Sāsānian armies and paved the way for the Arab conquest, which resulted in the Islamization of Iran. At Nahāvand

  • Battle of Otterburn, The (ballad)

    ballad: Historical ballads: …though a few, like “The Battle of Otterburn,” celebrate events of an earlier date, in this case 1388. “The Hunting of the Cheviot,” recorded about the same time and dealing with the same campaign, is better known in a late broadside version called “Chevy Chase.” The details in historical…

  • Battle of Pavia, The (tapestry)

    tapestry: 16th century: …detail in sets such as The Battle of Pavia, The Story of Abraham, The Story of Tobias, and The Hunts of the Emperor Maximilian I (before 1528). Among his followers in the first half of the 16th century were the Flemish painters Pieter Coecke van Aelst (1502–50), Jan Vermeyen (c.…

  • Battle of Poitiers (painting by Delacroix)

    Eugène Delacroix: Development of mature style: …Battle of Nancy (1831) and Battle of Poitiers (1830). He also painted the typically Byronic subject of Combat Between the Giaour and the Pasha (1827). Like Géricault, Delacroix explored the newly invented medium of lithography and made a set of 17 lithographs (1827) illustrating a French edition of Johann Wolfgang…

  • Battle of Queenstown Heights (War of 1812)

    Battle of Queenston Heights, (Oct. 13, 1812), serious U.S. reverse in the War of 1812, sustained during an abortive attempt to invade Canada. On Oct. 13, 1812, Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer, commanding a force of about 3,100 U.S. militia, sent advance units across the Niagara River. They

  • Battle of Russia (film by Capra and Litvak [1943])

    Frank Capra: The 1940s: …Award for best documentary, and Battle of Russia (1943; codirected with Anatole Litvak) were released theatrically during the war. Capra left the army with the rank of full colonel and with a Distinguished Service Medal.

  • Battle of San Romano, The (painting by Uccello)

    Paolo Uccello: Later years: …paintings are three panels representing the Battle of San Romano. These panels represent the victory in 1432 of Florentine forces under Niccolò da Tolentino over the troops of their archrival, Siena. There are Renaissance elements, such as a sculptural treatment of forms and fragments of a broken perspective scheme in…

  • Battle of Tetuan (painting by Fortuny)

    Mariano Fortuny: , the huge “Battle of Tetuan,” based on an incident in the Moroccan campaign and a fine example of pictorial reportage, charged with action and energy. More characteristic, however, are his small genre paintings filled with fine detail, works that attempted to recapture the grace and charm of…

  • Battle of the Books (work by Swift)

    Jonathan Swift: Years at Moor Park: …and learning”; the mock-heroic “Battle of the Books”; and the “Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit,” which ridiculed the manner of worship and preaching of religious enthusiasts at that period. In the “Battle of the Books,” Swift supports the ancients in the longstanding dispute about the relative…

  • Battle of the Centaurs (work by Michelangelo)

    Michelangelo: Early life and works: This composition is the Battle of the Centaurs (c. 1492). The action and power of the figures foretell the artist’s later interests much more than does the Madonna of the Stairs (c. 1491), a delicate low relief that reflects recent fashions among such Florentine sculptors as Desiderio da Settignano.

  • Battle of the Nudes, The (print by Pollaiuolo)

    printmaking: Italy: …on his one authenticated print, The Battle of the Nudes (c. 1470)—a powerful image, beautifully engraved in the broad manner.

  • Battle of the Sexes (film by Dayton and Faris [2017])

    Steve Carell: In Battle of the Sexes (2017), Carell costarred with Emma Stone portraying Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, respectively, during their much-publicized tennis match of 1973. That year he also played a Vietnam War veteran who asks his old war buddies to help him bury his…

  • Battle of Theseus and the Amazons (painting by Micon)

    Micon: …Stoa Poikile, Micon executed the “Amazonomachy,” or the “Battle of Theseus and the Amazons,” placed to the right of Polygnotus’ work. This work apparently marked an important advance in the rendering of space, perspective, and distance by means of the placement of figures within a composition. The painting procured Micon…

  • Battle on the Ice (Russian history)

    Lake Peipus: …“Battle on the Ice” (Ledovoye Poboishche). His victory (April 5) forced the grand master of the Knights to relinquish all claims to the Russian lands that he had conquered and substantially reduced the Teutonic threat to northwestern Russia.

  • Battle on the Ice, The (work by Prokofiev)

    Alexander Nevsky: …movement of Prokofiev’s score, “The Battle on the Ice,” accompanies the film’s pivotal scene in which the mounted forces of both armies meet on a frozen lake. The movement opens with quiet tension, then bursts into frenetic action when the battle begins. Harsh tones and clashing rhythmic patterns evoke…

  • Battle River (river, Canada)

    Battle River, river in central Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada, that is the largest tributary of the North Saskatchewan River. Rising in the Battle and Pigeon lakes 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Edmonton, Alta., it flows eastward through a farming and oil-producing area for more than 350 miles

  • battle royal

    cockfighting: …particular ire of moralists, however—the battle royal, in which a number of birds were “set” (i.e., placed in the pit at the same time) and allowed to remain until all but one, the victor, were killed or disabled, and the Welsh main, in which eight pairs were matched, the eight…

  • Battle Royale (film by Fukasaku)

    Kitano Takeshi: …appeared in Batoru rowaiaru (Battle Royale), a futuristic thriller that stirred controversy in Japan with its tale of juvenile delinquents forced by authorities into deadly combat on a remote island. He later starred in its sequel, Batoru rowaiaru II: Chinkonka (2003; Battle Royale II: Requiem). Kitano abandoned his preoccupations…

  • Battle Symphony (work by Beethoven)

    Ludwig van Beethoven: Wider recognition: …same concert was the so-called Battle Symphony, written to celebrate the decisive victory of Arthur Wellesley (later duke of Wellington) over Joseph Bonaparte at Vitoria. Composed originally for a mechanical musical instrument, the Panharmonicon, invented by J.N. Maelzel, Beethoven later scored the work for orchestra. He frankly admitted it was…

  • Battle Weight + Smell (poem by Marinetti)

    Futurism: Literature: …peso + odore” (1912; “Battle Weight + Smell”) was appended to one of the Futurists’ manifestos as an example of words-in-freedom:

  • Battle, Kathleen (American opera singer)

    Kathleen Battle, American opera singer, among the finest coloratura sopranos of her time. As a child and young adult Battle was both a good student and a good singer. She was awarded a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where she earned bachelor’s and

  • Battle, Kathleen Deanne (American opera singer)

    Kathleen Battle, American opera singer, among the finest coloratura sopranos of her time. As a child and young adult Battle was both a good student and a good singer. She was awarded a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where she earned bachelor’s and

  • battle, line of (military)

    ship of the line: …a fighting formation called the line of battle, in which two opposing columns of ships maneuvered to fire their guns in broadside (a simultaneous discharge of all the guns arrayed on one side of a ship) against each other. Combat using these formations was known as line-of-battle warfare. Such battles…

  • Battle, Robert (American dancer and choreographer)

    Robert Battle, American dancer and choreographer who was the artistic director (2011– ) of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Battle, who was raised by his great-uncle and his cousin, studied dance under Daniel Lewis and Gerri Houlihan at the New World School of the Arts, a respected arts high

  • battle, trial by (trial process)

    ordeal: In ordeal by combat, or ritual combat, the victor is said to win not by his own strength but because supernatural powers have intervened on the side of the right, as in the duel in the European Middle Ages in which the “judgment of God” was…

  • Battle-Ax (people)

    history of Transcaucasia: …weapon was the shaft-hole copper battle-ax, of a type also found in central and northern Europe. There is evidence that the distribution of this weapon resulted from a migration of horse-riding folk, the so-called Battle-Ax people, who spread Indo-European speech. Their place of origin is not certain, but it was…

  • Battle-Cry of Freedom, The (song by Root)

    Remembering the American Civil War: George Frederick Root: The Battle-Cry of Freedom; and Harry McCarty: The Bonnie Blue Flag: Every war manifests its spirit in songs. One of the most popular songs of the North was “The Battle-Cry of Freedom,” composed by George Frederick Root, a professional songwriter. The song was written a…

  • battledore and shuttlecock (game)

    Battledore and shuttlecock, children’s game played by two persons using small rackets called battledores, which are made of parchment, plastic, or rows of gut or nylon stretched across wooden frames, and shuttlecocks, made of a base of some light material, such as cork, with trimmed feathers fixed

  • battlefield medicine

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  • battlefield support weapon

    tactical weapons system: Surface-to-surface systems: Battlefield support weapons include such ballistic missiles as the U.S. Lance and the French Pluton, which have ranges of about 75 miles (120 km). These systems, which can deliver nuclear warheads, incorporate vehicles to launch the missiles and to house command and fire-control computers and…

  • Battleground (film by Wellman [1949])

    William Wellman: Films of the 1940s: …under its aegis, not least Battleground (1949), an account of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II that was a major box-office hit. The film brought Wellman an Academy Award nomination for best director.

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