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Other Combat Definition

[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"

Misc. Definitions

\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. --Goldsmith. 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}.

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