Definitions for: Combat

[n] an engagement fought between two military forces
[n] the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"
[v] battle or contend against in or as if in a battle; "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq"; "We must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they battled over the budget"

Webster (1913) Definition: Com"bat (? or ?; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Combated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Combating.] [F. combattre; pref. com- +
battre to beat, fr. L. battuere to strike. See Batter.]
To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.

To combat with a blind man I disdain. --Milton.

After the fall of the republic, the Romans combated
only for the choice of masters. --Gibbon.

Com"bat, v. t.
To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend
against; to resist.

When he the ambitious Norway combated. --Shak.

And combated in silence all these reasons. --Milton.

Minds combat minds, repelling and repelled.

Syn: To fight against; resist; oppose; withstand; oppugn;
antagonize; repel; resent.

Com"bat, n. [Cf. F. combat.]
1. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.

My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st. --Shak.

The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was
fought in Paulina. --Shak.

2. (Mil.) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in
which the parties engaged are not armies.

Single combat, one in which a single combatant meets a
single opponent, as in the case of David and Goliath;
also, a duel.

Syn: A battle; engagement; conflict; contest; contention;
struggle; fight, strife. See Battle, Contest.

Synonyms: armed combat, battle, fighting

See Also: affaire d'honneur, affray, aggression, banging, battering, battle, beating, belligerency, blow, brawl, brush, clash, conflict, cut-and-thrust, disturbance, dogfight, duel, encounter, engagement, fencing, fight, fight, fistfight, fisticuffs, fray, free-for-all, gang fight, gunfight, gunplay, hassle, hostility, impact, in-fighting, knife fight, rough-and-tumble, ruffle, rumble, scuffle, set-to, shock, shootout, skirmish, slugfest, snickersnee, struggle, struggle, swordplay, tussle, war, warfare, whipping, wrestle

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