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

  Battle \Bat"tle\, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle,
     OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the
     fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators,
     fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. Battalia, 1st Battel,
     and see Batter, v. t. ]
     1. A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the
        divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement;
        a combat.
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     2. A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.
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              The whole intellectual battle that had at its center
              the best poem of the best poet of that day. --H.
                                                    Morley.
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     3. A division of an army; a battalion. [Obs.]
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              The king divided his army into three battles.
                                                    --Bacon.
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              The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the
              battle, and on it alone depended the fate of every
              action.                               --Robertson.
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     4. The main body, as distinct from the van and rear;
        battalia. [Obs.] --Hayward.
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     Note: Battle is used adjectively or as the first part of a
           self-explaining compound; as, battle brand, a "brand"
           or sword used in battle; battle cry; battlefield;
           battle ground; battle array; battle song.
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     Battle piece, a painting, or a musical composition,
        representing a battle.
  
     Battle royal.
        (a) A fight between several gamecocks, where the one that
            stands longest is the victor. --Grose.
        (b) A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two
            are engaged; a m[^e]l['e]e. --Thackeray.
  
     Drawn battle, one in which neither party gains the victory.
        
  
     To give battle, to attack an enemy.
  
     To join battle, to meet the attack; to engage in battle.
  
     Pitched battle, one in which the armies are previously
        drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the
        forces.
  
     Wager of battle. See under Wager, n.
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     Syn: Conflict; encounter; contest; action.
  
     Usage: Battle, Combat, Fight, Engagement. These words
            agree in denoting a close encounter between contending
            parties. Fight is a word of less dignity than the
            others. Except in poetry, it is more naturally applied
            to the encounter of a few individuals, and more
            commonly an accidental one; as, a street fight. A
            combat is a close encounter, whether between few or
            many, and is usually premeditated. A battle is
            commonly more general and prolonged. An engagement
            supposes large numbers on each side, engaged or
            intermingled in the conflict.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drawn \Drawn\, p. p. & a.
     See Draw, v. t. & i.
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     Drawn butter, butter melter and prepared to be used as a
        sort of gravy.
  
     Drawn fowl, an eviscerated fowl.
  
     Drawn game or Drawn battle, one in which neither party
        wins; one equally contested.
  
     Drawn fox, one driven from cover. --Shak.
  
     Drawn work, ornamental work made by drawing out threads
        from fine cloth, and uniting the cross threads, to form a
        pattern.
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