English law. The form of a forcible encounter between two or more persons or bodies of men; an engagement or battle. A duel.
- vb. To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.
- vb. To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist.
Syn. - To fight against; resist; oppose; withstand; oppugn; antagonize; repel; resent.
- n. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.
- (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.