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Definition of COMBAT

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Combat \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. [1913 Webster]

           To combat with a blind man I disdain.    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

           After the fall of the republic, the Romans combated only for the choice of masters.          --Gibbon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Combat \Com"bat\, v. t.
     To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist. [1913 Webster]

           When he the ambitious Norway combated.   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

           And combated in silence all these reasons. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

           Minds combat minds, repelling and repelled.
                                                    --Goldsmith.

     Syn: To fight against; resist; oppose; withstand; oppugn; antagonize; repel; resent. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Combat \Com"bat\, n. [Cf. F. combat.]
     1. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy. [1913 Webster]

              My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in Paulina.                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Mil.) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies. [1913 Webster]

     {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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

158 Moby Thesaurus words for "combat":
     Kilkenny cats, action, aerial combat, affray, all-out war, altercation, antagonize, appeal to arms, argument, armed combat, armed conflict, armored combat, attack, battle, battle royal, beat against, beat up against, belligerence, belligerency, bickering, bloodshed, box, brawl, breast the wave, broil, brush, buck, buffet, buffet the waves, bullfight, cat-and-dog life, clash, clash of arms, close, close with, cockfight, collide, come to blows, compete with, conflict, confrontation, contend, contend against, contention, contentiousness, contest, contestation, controversy, cut and thrust, debate, defy, difference, disagreement, disputation, dispute, do battle, dogfight, duel, embroilment, encounter, engagement, enmity, exchange blows, exchange of blows, fence, feud, fight, fight a duel, fight against, fighting, fire fight, fray, give and take, give satisfaction, grapple, grapple with, ground combat, hand-to-hand combat, hand-to-hand fight, hostilities, hostility, hot war, house-to-house combat, join battle with, jostle, joust, la guerre, labor against, litigation, logomachy, might of arms, military operations, militate against, mix it up, naval combat, offer resistance, open hostilities, open war, oppose, opposition, paper war, passage of arms, pitched battle, polemic, quarrel, quarreling, quarrelsomeness, rassle, reluct, reluctate, repel, resort to arms, riot, rival, rumble, run a tilt, running fight, scramble, scrapping, scrimmage, scuffle, shooting war, shoving match, skirmish, spar, squabbling, stand-up fight, state of war, stem the tide, street fight, strife, strive, strive against, struggle, struggle against, take on, tauromachy, the sword, thrust and parry, tilt, total war, tourney, traverse, tug-of-war, tussle, vendetta, vie with, wage war, war, war of words, warfare, warmaking, warring, wartime, withstand, words, wrangling, wrestle


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