Combat

Definition of Combat

Com´bat
v. i.1.To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.
[imp. & p. p. Combated; p. pr. & vb. n. Combating.]
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.
v. t.1.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.
n.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.

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