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An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring, as of words or requests:
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  1. An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring, as of words or requests:
  2. A curtain of artillery fire laid down to keep enemy forces from moving, or to cover or prepare the way for one's own forces, esp. in attack
  3. A heavy, prolonged attack of words, blows, etc.
(Military) A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
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  1. (Military) A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
  2. A minor battle in war, as one between small forces or between large forces avoiding direct conflict.
  3. A type of outdoor military style game using paintball or similar weapons.
A focused comparison:
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  1. A focused comparison:
  2. The act of confronting or challenging another, especially face-to-face
  3. The act of confronting or the state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face.
A specific, often limited, period of employment:
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  1. A specific, often limited, period of employment:
  2. The action of engaging or the state of being engaged:
  3. The condition of being in gear:
Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
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  1. Power or readiness to fight; pugnacious spirit
  2. A confrontation between opposing groups in which each attempts to harm or gain power over the other, as with bodily force or weapons.
  3. A quarrel or conflict:
The causation of change by the exertion of power or a natural process:
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  1. The causation of change by the exertion of power or a natural process:
  2. Armed encounter; combat:
  3. An engagement between troops or ships:
A meeting with another, esp. when unexpected or by chance
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  1. A meeting with another, esp. when unexpected or by chance
  2. A direct meeting, as in conflict or battle
  3. A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief:
A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
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  1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
  2. A fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
  3. Any race, game, debate, etc. in which individuals or teams compete with one another to determine the winner
A sharp disagreement; conflict
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  1. A sharp disagreement; conflict
  2. A violent conflict or confrontation.
  3. A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
Cut or broken branches.
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  1. Cut or broken branches.
  2. A device of wires attached in a fanlike spread to a handle, used as on drums or cymbals for a swishing or muted effect
  3. A device having bristles, hairs, or wires fastened into a hard back, with or without a handle attached: brushes are used for cleaning, polishing, painting, smoothing the hair, etc.
A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
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  1. A flight of a combat aircraft on a mission.
  2. The forces making such a raid
  3. An armed attack, especially one made from a place surrounded by enemy forces.
An intense battle fought in close contact by troops arranged in a predetermined formation.
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  1. An intense battle fought in close contact by troops arranged in a predetermined formation.
  2. A battle in which placement of troops and the line of combat are relatively fixed before the action
  3. (Military) A hostile engagement involving sustained, full-scale fighting between opposing forces in close combat.
A battle involving many combatants.
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  1. A battle involving many combatants.
  2. A long, bitterly fought battle
  3. A fight to the finish.
Fighting, especially with weapons:
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  1. Fighting, especially with weapons:
  2. Armed fighting; battle
  3. Any struggle or conflict; strife
The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area:
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  1. The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area:
  2. The state or process of acting or doing:
  3. Armed encounter; combat:
Contention or competition between rivals.
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  1. Contention or competition between rivals.
  2. A conflict or quarrel:
  3. The act or state of fighting or quarreling, esp. bitterly; struggle; conflict
A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
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  1. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
  2. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
  3. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
Conflict; strife; contention
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  1. Conflict; strife; contention
  2. Strife, contention, or combat:
  3. The act of struggling:
An operation or series of operations energetically pursued to accomplish a purpose:
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  1. An operation or series of operations energetically pursued to accomplish a purpose:
  2. A series of organized, planned actions for a particular purpose, as for electing a candidate
  3. A series of military operations undertaken to achieve a large-scale objective during a war:
The shedding of blood, especially the injury or killing of people.
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  1. The shedding of blood, especially the injury or killing of people.
  2. Killing in a violent or bloody way
A sharp disagreement; conflict
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  1. A sharp disagreement; conflict
  2. A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
  3. A violent conflict or confrontation.
An overwhelming outpouring:
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  1. An overwhelming outpouring:
  2. A violent, intense attack
An attack; assault
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  1. An attack; assault
  2. (Archaic) An attack by military forces; an assault.
  3. (Linguistics) The part of a syllable that precedes the nucleus. In the word nucleus (no͝o&STRESS;klē-əs), the onset of the first syllable is (n), the onset of the second syllable is (kl), and the last syllable has no onset.
A fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war
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  1. A fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war
  2. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
  3. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
A noisy brawl or quarrel; public fight or riot; breach of the peace
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  1. A noisy brawl or quarrel; public fight or riot; breach of the peace
  2. A noisy quarrel or brawl.
  3. The voluntary and consensual fighting between two or more individuals in a public place to the terror of onlookers or the disturbance of the peace. There is no affray when a person is unlawfully attacked and resorts to self-defense instead of fleeing. See also assembly. The voluntary and consensual fighting between two or more individuals in a public place to the terror of onlookers or the disturbance of the peace. There is no affray when a person is unlawfully attacked and resorts to self-defense instead of fleeing. See also assembly.
The action of waging war; armed conflict
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  1. The action of waging war; armed conflict
  2. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic:
  3. Conflict or struggle of any kind
A frayed place, as in cloth
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  1. A frayed place, as in cloth
  2. A heated dispute or intensely competitive situation:
  3. A noisy quarrel or fight; brawl
(Mil.) A sudden attack upon a fortified place
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  1. (Mil.) A sudden attack upon a fortified place
  2. The concluding stage of an attack in which close combat occurs with the enemy.
  3. A military attack, such as one launched against a fortified area or place.
The haste or urgency of business or matters:
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  1. The haste or urgency of business or matters:
  2. The communications media considered as a whole, especially the agencies that collect, publish, transmit, or broadcast news and other information to the public:
  3. A place or establishment where matter is printed:
Any of the separate military expeditions undertaken as part of the Crusades
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  1. Any of the separate military expeditions undertaken as part of the Crusades
  2. A vigorous, concerted action for some cause or idea, or against some abuse
  3. A concerted effort or vigorous movement for a cause or against an abuse:
A pair of mandibles or other appendages used by certain arthropods for grasping, as the cerci of an earwig.
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  1. A pair of mandibles or other appendages used by certain arthropods for grasping, as the cerci of an earwig.
  2. One of the opposing parts in such a tool.
  3. A grasping tool having two parts hinged together to work in opposition.
Widespread destruction; devastation.
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  1. Widespread destruction; devastation.
  2. Great destruction and devastation, as that resulting from hurricanes, wars, etc.
  3. Disorder or chaos:
(Obs.) Dead bodies, esp. on a battlefield
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  1. (Obs.) Dead bodies, esp. on a battlefield
  2. Bloody and extensive slaughter, esp. in battle; bloodshed
  3. Corpses, especially of those killed in battle.
Destruction, damage, or harm:
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  1. Destruction, damage, or harm:
  2. The act or practice of violently destroying; destruction
  3. Ruin; devastating damage
(Football) A sudden charge by a defensive backfield player through a gap in the line in an effort to tackle the opposing quarterback
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  1. (Football) A sudden charge by a defensive backfield player through a gap in the line in an effort to tackle the opposing quarterback
  2. A concentrated effort, intensive campaign, etc.
  3. (Football) A sudden charge upon the quarterback by one or more of the linebackers or defensive backs when the ball is snapped.
Any sudden, overwhelming attack
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  1. Any sudden, overwhelming attack
  2. Sudden, swift, large-scale offensive warfare intended to win a quick victory
  3. A swift, sudden military offensive, usually by combined air and mobile land forces.
The process of changing or undergoing change in one's thinking or in a position:
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  1. The process of changing or undergoing change in one's thinking or in a position:
  2. (Mil.) The withdrawal of troops, ships, etc. from a position, esp. when forced by enemy attack
  3. The act or process of moving back or away, especially from something hazardous, formidable, or unpleasant:
A controlled change in movement or direction of a moving vehicle or vessel, as in the flight path of an aircraft.
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  1. A controlled change in movement or direction of a moving vehicle or vessel, as in the flight path of an aircraft.
  2. A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity:
  3. Large-scale practice movements and exercises of troops, warships, aircraft, etc. under simulated battle conditions
Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
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  1. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
  2. A fight or struggle, esp. a protracted one; war
  3. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
The act of struggling:
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  1. The act of struggling:
  2. Conflict; strife; contention
  3. Strife, contention, or combat:
A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges:
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  1. A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges:
  2. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
  3. A fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
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  1. A statement or point that one argues for as true or valid
  2. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
  3. The act of contending; strife, struggle, controversy, dispute, quarrel, etc.
Manner of movement:
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  1. Manner of movement:
  2. Armed encounter; combat:
  3. An engagement between troops or ships:
Armed fighting; battle
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  1. Armed fighting; battle
  2. Contention or strife:
  3. Fighting, especially with weapons:
A promise; pledge
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  1. A promise; pledge
  2. The action of engaging or the state of being engaged:
  3. The condition of being in gear:
The person or persons against whom one competes
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  1. The person or persons against whom one competes
  2. A test of skill or ability; a contest:
  3. (Ecology) The simultaneous demand by two or more organisms for limited environmental resources, such as nutrients, living space, or light.
A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges:
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  1. A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges:
  2. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
  3. A fight, struggle, conflict, or controversy
A series of such competitions for horses, cars, etc. on a regular course
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  1. A series of such competitions for horses, cars, etc. on a regular course
  2. A series of such competitions held at a specified time on a regular course:
  3. Any contest or competition likened to a race
The relationship between two or more rivals who regularly compete with each other. The term usually applies to two rivals.
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  1. The relationship between two or more rivals who regularly compete with each other. The term usually applies to two rivals.
  2. In economics, rivalry is a characteristic of a good. Rivalrous goods are those which can be consumed by only one person at the same time -- for example, a candy bar or a suit; a non-rivalrous good may be provided to more consumers at a very low marginal cost for each additional consumer.
  3. The act of rivaling or the fact or condition of being a rival or rivals; competition
Contention or competition between rivals.
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  1. Contention or competition between rivals.
  2. The act or state of fighting or quarreling, esp. bitterly; struggle; conflict
  3. A conflict or quarrel:
The act of struggling:
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  1. The act of struggling:
  2. Strife, contention, or combat:
  3. Conflict; strife; contention
Any power struggle between two parties
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  1. Any power struggle between two parties
  2. Alternative spelling of tug of war.
Open armed conflict between countries or between factions within the same country
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  1. Open armed conflict between countries or between factions within the same country
  2. The period of such conflict.
  3. A condition of active antagonism or contention:
Military operations marked by a specific characteristic:
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  1. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic:
  2. Conflict or struggle of any kind
  3. The waging of war against an enemy; armed conflict.
To oppose in battle; fight against.
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  1. To oppose in battle; fight against.
  2. To act or work in order to eliminate, curtail, or stop:
  3. To fight, contend, or struggle
To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
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  1. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
  2. To strive in combat; fight
  3. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
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  1. To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
  2. To oppose actively and forcefully.
  3. To fight a duel with (a person or persons)
To take part in a physical struggle or battle; struggle
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  1. To take part in a physical struggle or battle; struggle
  2. To attempt to harm or gain power over an adversary by blows or with weapons.
  3. To engage in or carry on (a war, conflict, case, etc.)
To move or progress with difficulty:
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  1. To move or progress with difficulty:
  2. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
  3. To contend or fight violently with an opponent
To cause to be advantageous to one party rather than another:
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  1. To cause to be advantageous to one party rather than another:
  2. To dispute, argue, contend, attack, etc.
  3. To engage in a combat or struggle; fight:
To wage or carry on warfare.
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  1. To wage or carry on warfare.
  2. To be in a state of hostility or rivalry; contend.
  3. To carry on war; engage in military conflict
To move, lift, maneuver, etc. with great physical effort
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  1. To move, lift, maneuver, etc. with great physical effort
  2. To struggle (with a problem, an opposing force, etc.)
  3. To struggle or fight with by wrestling; wrestle with

Synonym Study

  • Combat , the most general of these terms, simply implies armed fighting, without further qualification
  • Action stresses engagement in active fighting killed in action
  • Skirmish refers to a brief encounter between small detachments
  • Encounter usually suggests a chance meeting of hostile forces
  • A campaign is a series of military operations with a particular objective and may involve a number of battles
  • Engagement , a more formal term, stresses the actual meeting of opposing forces, with no restrictive connotation as to duration
  • Battle denotes a conflict between armed forces in a war and implies a large-scale, prolonged contest over a particular area
Find another word for battle. In this page you can discover 78 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for battle, like: barrage, skirmish, confrontation, engagement, fight, action, encounter, contest, clash, brush and sortie.