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[n] a casual meeting with a person of thing
[n] a minor short-term fight
[n] a hostile disagreement face-to-face
[n] a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway"
[v] contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"
[v] come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!"
[v] come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
[v] be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"
[v] experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition"

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Misc. Definitions

\En*coun"ter\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Encountered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Encountering}.] [OF. encontrer; pref. en- (L. in) + contre against, L. contra. See {Counter}, adv.] To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a truth. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him. --Acts xvii. 1
8. I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you. --Shak.
\En*coun"ter\, v. i. To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies encountered at Waterloo. I will encounter with Andronicus. --Shak. Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation of all truth, have in the first place to encounter with particulars. --Tatham.
\En*coun"ter\, n. [OF. encontre, fr. encontrer. See {Encounter}, v. t.]
1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview. To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd. --Pope.
2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter. As one for . . . fierce encounters fit. --Spenser. To join their dark encounter in mid-air. --Milton . Syn: Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter; attack; engagement; onset. See {Contest}.

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