Definition of War
1. Noun. The waging of armed conflict against an enemy. "Thousands of people were killed in the war"
Examples of category: De-escalation, Side, Despoiler, Freebooter, Looter, Pillager, Plunderer, Raider, Spoiler, State Of War
Generic synonyms: Action, Military Action
Specialized synonyms: Limited War, Psychological Warfare, War Of Nerves, Civil War, Chemical Operations, Chemical Warfare, Bioattack, Biologic Attack, Biological Attack, Biological Warfare, Bw, Information Warfare, Iw, International Jihad, Jehad, Jihad, World War, Hot War
Terms within: Battle, Conflict, Engagement, Fight, Armed Combat, Combat, Aggression
Specialized synonyms: Chino-japanese War, Sino-japanese War, Macedonian War, Arab-israeli War, Six Day War, Six-day War, Arab-israeli War, Yom Kippur War, Balkan Wars, Boer War, Crimean War, Franco-prussian War, French And Indian War, Hundred Years' War, Gulf War, Iran-iraq War, Korean War, Mexican War, Napoleonic Wars, Peloponnesian War, Gulf War, Persian Gulf War, Punic War, Russo-japanese War, Seven Years' War, Spanish War, Spanish-american War, Thirty Years' War, Trojan War, Vietnam, Vietnam War, War Of Greek Independence, War Of The Austrian Succession, War Of The Grand Alliance, War Of The League Of Augsburg, War Of The Spanish Succession, War Of The Roses, Wars Of The Roses, War Of 1812
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
2. Verb. Make or wage war.
Specialized synonyms: Blitzkrieg, Go To War, Take Arms, Take Up Arms
Antonyms: Make Peace
Derivative terms: Warrior
3. Noun. A legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply. "War was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
Category relationships: Warfare
Generic synonyms: Antagonism, Enmity, Hostility
Specialized synonyms: Proxy War
4. Noun. An active struggle between competing entities. "Diplomatic warfare"
Generic synonyms: Battle, Conflict, Struggle
Specialized synonyms: Drug War, Trench Warfare
5. Noun. A concerted campaign to end something that is injurious. "The war against crime"
Definition of War
1. a. Ware; aware.
2. n. A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities.
3. v. i. To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence.
4. v. t. To make war upon; to fight.
5. a. Ware; aware.
6. n. A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities.
7. v. i. To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence.
8. v. t. To make war upon; to fight.
Definition of War
1. Noun. Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces. ¹
2. Noun. A particular conflict of this kind. ¹
3. Noun. By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict. ¹
4. Noun. A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt. ¹
5. Verb. (intransitive) To engage in conflict (may be followed by "with" to specify the foe). ¹
6. Verb. To carry on, as a contest; to wage. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of War
1. to engage in war (a state of open, armed conflict) [v WARRED, WARRING, WARS]
Medical Definition of War
1. 1. A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities. "Men will ever distinguish war from mere bloodshed." (F. W. Robertson) As war is the contest of nations or states, it always implies that such contest is authorised by the monarch or the sovereign power of the nation. A war begun by attacking another nation, is called an offensive war, and such attack is aggressive. War undertaken to repel invasion, or the attacks of an enemy, is called defensive. 2. A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason. 3. Instruments of war. "His complement of stores, and total war." (Prior) 4. Forces; army. "On their embattled ranks the waves return, And overwhelm their war." (Milton) 5. The profession of arms; the art of war. "Thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth." (1 Sam. Xvii. 33) 6. A state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility. "Raised impious war in heaven." "The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart." (Ps. Lv. 21) Civil war, a war between different sections or parties of the same country or nation. Holy war. See Holy. Man of war. Public war, a war between independent sovereign states. War cry, a cry or signal used in war; as, the Indian war cry. War dance, a dance among savages preliminary to going to war. Among the North American Indians, it is begun by some distinguished chief, and whoever joins in it thereby enlists as one of the party engaged in a warlike excursion. War field, a field of war or battle. War horse, a horse used in war; the horse of a cavalry soldier; especially, a strong, powerful, spirited horse for military service; a charger. War paint, paint put on the face and other parts of the body by savages, as a token of going to war. "Wash the war paint from your faces." . War song, a song of or pertaining to war; especially, among the American Indians, a song at the war dance, full of incitements to military ardor. War whoop, a war cry, especially that uttered by the American Indians. Origin: OE. & AS. Werre; akin to OHG. Werra scandal, quarrel, sedition, werran to confound, mix, D. Warren, G. Wirren, verwirren, to embroil, confound, disturb, and perhaps to E. Worse; cf. OF. Werre war, F. Querre, of Teutonic origin. Cf. Guerrilla, Warrior. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)