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Another word for battle

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Noun
  1. A hostile encounter between opposing military forces

    See also:

    conflict

  2. A vying with others for victory or supremacy

      1. The waging of war against an enemy; armed conflict.
      2. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic:
      3. A state of disharmony or conflict; strife:
      1. A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.
      2. The period of such conflict.
      3. The techniques and procedures of war; military science.
      1. A contest of strength in which two teams tug on opposite ends of a rope, each trying to pull the other across a dividing line.
      2. A struggle for supremacy:
      1. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
      2. To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking:
      3. To have difficulty or make a strenuous effort doing something:
      1. Heated, often violent conflict or disagreement.
      2. A conflict or quarrel:
      3. Contention or competition between rivals.
      1. The act of competing or emulating.
      2. The state or condition of being a rival.
      1. A group of people identified as distinct from other groups because of supposed physical or genetic traits shared by the group. Most biologists and anthropologists do not recognize race as a biologically valid classification, in part because there is more genetic variation within groups than between them.
      2. A group of people united or classified together on the basis of common history, nationality, or geographic distribution:
      3. A genealogical line; a lineage.
      1. joint rivalry
      2. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
      1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
      2. A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges:
      3. To compete or strive for; struggle to gain or control:
      1. The act of competing, as for profit or a prize; rivalry.
      2. A test of skill or ability; a contest:
      3. Rivalry between two or more businesses striving for the same customer or market.
    See also:

    conflict

Verb
  1. To strive in opposition

      1. To try to throw or immobilize another person, especially by gripping with the hands.
      2. To engage in the sport of wrestling.
      3. To struggle to move or control something with the hands:
      1. A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.
      2. The period of such conflict.
      3. The techniques and procedures of war; military science.
      1. To cause to slope, as by raising one end; incline:
      2. To cause to be advantageous to one party rather than another:
      3. To aim or thrust (a lance) in a joust.
      1. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
      2. To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking:
      3. To have difficulty or make a strenuous effort doing something:
      1. To attempt to harm or gain power over an adversary by blows or with weapons.
      2. To engage in a boxing match.
      3. To engage in a quarrel; argue:
      1. A prearranged, formal combat between two persons, usually fought to settle a point of honor.
      2. A struggle for domination between two contending persons, groups, or ideas.
      3. To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
      1. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle:
      2. To strive in competition, as in a race; vie:
      3. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
      1. To oppose in battle; fight against.
      2. To act or work in order to eliminate, curtail, or stop:
      3. To engage in fighting; contend or struggle.
    See also:

    conflict

Another word for battle

Noun
  1. An armed encounter

    See also:

    fight

  2. The progress of a battle, sense 1

  3. Any fight or struggle

      1. The act or an instance of striving in controversy or debate.
      2. A striving to win in competition; rivalry:
      3. An assertion put forward in argument:
      1. A struggle for superiority or victory between rivals:
      2. A competition, especially one in which entrants perform separately and are rated by judges:
      3. To compete or strive for; struggle to gain or control:
      1. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass:
      2. To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking:
      3. To have difficulty or make a strenuous effort doing something:
      1. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
      2. A state of disagreement or disharmony between persons or ideas; a clash:
      3. An emotional or mental disturbance resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies.

Idioms:

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