ETYM Old Eng. bache, bacche, from AS. bacan to bake; cf. German gebäck and Dutch baksel. Related to Bake.
(Irregular plural: batches).
1 > A collection of things or persons to be handled together | SYN: clutch.
2 > All the loaves of bread baked at the same time.
3 > (Often followed by 'of') A large number or amount or extent | SYN: good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, pile, plenty, pot, tidy sum, whole lot, whole slew.
ETYM French compagnie, from Old Fren. compaing. Related to Companion.
1 > A social gathering of guests or companions.
2 > The state of being with someone | SYN: comradeship, companionship, good fellowship, fellowship, society.
3 > An institution created to conduct business.
4 > Organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical) | SYN: troupe.
5 > Small military unit; usually two or three platoons.
6 > A unit of firefighters including their equipment.
ETYM From older accrue accession, reënforcement, hence, company, crew; the first syllable being misunderstood as the indefinite article. Related to Accrue, Crescent.
1 > The men who man a ship or aircraft.
2 > The team of men manning a racing shell.
ETYM Icel. gangr a going, gang, akin to AS., Dutch, German, and Dan. gang a going, Goth. gaggs street, way. Related to Gang.
1 > A combination of implements arranged to work together.
2 > An association of criminals | SYN: pack, ring, mob.
3 > An organized group of workmen | SYN: crew, work party.
1; A body of soldiers; soldiers, military
2 > The profession or technique of soldiering
ETYM French troupe, Old Fren. trope, trupe, Late Lat. troppus; of uncertain origin; cf. Icel. thorp a hamlet, village, German dorf a village, dial. German dorf a meeting. Norw. torp a little farm, a crowd, Eng. thorp. Related to Troupe.
1 > A cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company.
2 > A group of soldiers.
3 > A unit of girl or boy scouts | SYN: scout troop, scout group.
4 > An orderly crowd | SYN: flock.
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