What does WAR mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. war, warfare(noun)

    the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

    "thousands of people were killed in the war"

  2. war, state of war(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"

  3. war, warfare(noun)

    an active struggle between competing entities

    "a price war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare"

  4. war(verb)

    a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious

    "the war on poverty"; "the war against crime"

  5. war(verb)

    make or wage war


  1. war(Noun)

    Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.

  2. war(Noun)

    A particular conflict of this kind.

  3. war(Noun)

    By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.

  4. war(Noun)

    A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt.

  5. war(Verb)

    To engage in conflict (may be followed by "with" to specify the foe).

  6. war(Verb)

    To carry on, as a contest; to wage.

    That thou mightest war a good warfare. uE0004693uE001 Tim. i. 18.

Webster Dictionary

  1. War(adj)

    ware; aware

  2. War(noun)

    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. War(noun)

    a condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason

  4. War(noun)

    instruments of war

  5. War(noun)

    forces; army

  6. War(noun)

    the profession of arms; the art of war

  7. War(noun)

    a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility

  8. War(verb)

    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

  9. War(verb)

    to contend; to strive violently; to fight

  10. War(verb)

    to make war upon; to fight

  11. War(verb)

    to carry on, as a contest; to wage

  12. 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.]


  1. War

    War is an organised and often prolonged conflict that is carried out by states and/or non-state actors. It is characterised by extreme violence, social disruption, and economic destruction. War should be understood as an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities, and therefore is defined as a form of political violence or intervention. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare. An absence of war is usually called peace. In 2003, Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley identified war as the sixth biggest problem facing the society of mankind for the next fifty years. In the 1832 treatise On War, Prussian military general and theoretician Carl von Clausewitz defined war as follows: "War is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will." While some scholars see warfare as an inescapable and integral aspect of human nature, others argue that it is only inevitable under certain socio-cultural or ecological circumstances. Some scholars argue that the practice of war is not linked to any single type of political organization or society. Rather, as discussed by John Keegan in his History of Warfare, war is a universal phenomenon whose form and scope is defined by the society that wages it. Another argument suggests that since there are human societies in which warfare does not exist, humans may not be naturally disposed for warfare, which emerges under particular circumstances. The ever changing technologies and potentials of war extend along a historical continuum. At the one end lies the endemic warfare of the Paleolithic with its stones and clubs, and the naturally limited loss of life associated with the use of such weapons. Found at the other end of this continuum is nuclear warfare, along with the recently developed possible outcome of its use, namely the potential risk of the complete extinction of the human species.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. War

    wawr, n. a state of opposition or contest: a contest between states carried on by arms: open hostility: the profession of arms: (rare) army, warlike preparations, warlike outfit.—v.i. to make war: to contend: to fight:—pr.p. war′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. warred.—ns. War′-cry, a cry or signal used in war; War′-dance, a dance engaged in by some savage tribes before going to war; War′fāre, armed contest, military life; War′fārer; War′fāring; War′-horse, a charger, a horse used in battle.—adj. War′like, fond of war, pertaining to or threatening war: martial, military.—ns. War′likeness; War′man (rare), a warrior.—adj. War′-marked (Shak.), experienced in war.—ns. War′-mong′er (Spens.), a mercenary soldier; War′-off′ice, the English military bureau or department; War′-paint, paint applied to the face and person by savages, indicating that they are going to war: (slang) full-dress, equipment; War′-path, among the Red Indians, the path followed on a military expedition, the expedition itself; War′-proof (rare), fitness to be a soldier; War′rior, a soldier, a veteran:—fem. War′rioress (rare); War′-ship, a vessel for war; War′-song, a song sung by men about to fight: a song celebrating brave deeds in war; War′-tax, a tax levied for purposes of war; War′-thought (Shak.), martial deliberation.—adjs. War′-wast′ed, laid waste or ravaged by war; War′-wea′ried, -worn, wearied, worn, with military service—of a veteran.—ns. War′-whoop, a cry uttered by savages on going into battle; War′-wolf, a medieval military engine used in defending fortresses; Man′-of-war (see Man).—War Department, in Great Britain, a department of the state under a Cabinet Minister, the Secretary of State for War, assisted by a permanent and a parliamentary under-secretary, having control of everything connected with the army; War of Liberation, the war of independence carried on by Prussia, with the help of Russia and Great Britain, against Napoleon in 1813.—Declaration of war, that public announcement of war by a duly organised state or kingdom which is necessary to constitute an enemy; Declare war, to announce war publicly; Holy war (see Holy); Make war, to carry on hostilities; Napoleonic Wars, a general name for the wars of France dating from the campaigns of Napoleon in Italy (1796) to his overthrow in 1815; Private war, warfare waged between persons in their individual capacity, as by duelling, family feuds, &c.; Sacred Wars, in ancient Greek history, wars against states judged guilty of sacrilege by the Amphictyonic Council; Seven weeks' war, or Seven days' war, the Austro-Prussian war of 1866. [A.S. werre

  2. War

    wawr, adj. (Spens.) worse.—v.t. (Scot.) to defeat.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. war

    The sure result of the existence of armed men.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. War

    Hostile conflict between organized groups of people.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. WAR

    A wholesale means of making heroes which, if planned in a small way, would produce only murderers.

Editors Contribution

  1. war

    Acronym for we are running a type of running club.

    War is a type of running club where local people run to maintain their fitness levels and raise money for a variety of different charities.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WAR' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #300

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WAR' in Written Corpus Frequency: #512

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WAR' in Nouns Frequency: #85

Anagrams for WAR »

  1. Rwa, RWA

  2. raw

  3. Rwa


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WAR in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WAR in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Barbara Bush:

    War is not nice.

  2. Franklin D. Roosevelt:

    War is a contagion.

  3. Donald Trump:

    He's not a war hero.

  4. Kofi Annan:

    No war goes on forever.

  5. Jeb Bush on his trek:

    War is incredibly tough.

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