Definition of Combat

1. Noun. An engagement fought between two military forces.

Exact synonyms: Armed Combat
Generic synonyms: Battle, Conflict, Engagement, Fight
Specialized synonyms: Belligerency, Hostilities, Trench Warfare, Aggression
Group relationships: War, Warfare
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine

2. Verb. Battle or contend against in or as if in a battle. "Sam cannot combat Sue "; "They battled over the budget"
Exact synonyms: Battle
Generic synonyms: Contend, Fight, Struggle
Specialized synonyms: Dogfight, Wrestle
Derivative terms: Battle, Battle, Battler, Combatant, Combatant, Combative

3. Noun. The act of fighting; any contest or struggle. "The unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

Definition of Combat

1. v. i. To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight.

2. v. t. To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist.

3. n. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.

Definition of Combat

1. Noun. A battle, a fight (often one in which weapons are used); a struggle for victory. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To fight; to struggle for victory ¹

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Definition of Combat

1. to fight against [v -BATED, -BATING, -BATS or -BATTED, -BATTING, -BATS]

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Literary usage of Combat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. On War by Carl von Clausewitz, James John Graham, Frederic Natusch Maude (1908)
"(2) More precise definition of a combat—Independent combat—Partial combat—How the latter ... (7) Kinds of combat, according as its motive is positive or ..."

2. The History of the Norman Conquest of England: Its Causes and Its Results by Edward Augustus Freeman (1875)
"Challenge to single combat. William's object in the message. Harold refuses the challenge ; his grounds of refusal. but a necessity beyond his control bad ..."

3. Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses: Final Report edited by Joyce C Laslof, Marguerite Knox, John D Baldeschwieler (1997)
"Prevention of combat-related Stress Reactions Building on research on veterans of Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf, DOD has undertaken an ambitious program to ..."

4. A Look at Tomorrow's Tactical Air Forces by Lane Pierrot, Jo A. Vines, Shaun Black (1997)
"US ground-combat units have weapons to defend themselves from attack by enemy aircraft, as do Navy ships. Many Navy ships have self-defense capabilities in ..."

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