What does combat mean?

Definitions for combat
kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒm bæt; ˈkɒm bætcom·bat

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word combat.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. combat, armed combatnoun

    an engagement fought between two military forces

  2. fight, fighting, combat, scrapverb

    the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

    "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

  3. battle, combatverb

    battle or contend against in or as if in a battle

    "The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Northern Iraq"; "We must combat the prejudices against other races"; "they battled over the budget"

Wiktionary

  1. combatnoun

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

  2. combatverb

    To fight; to struggle for victory

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Combatnoun

    Contest; battle; duel; strife; opposition generally between two; but sometimes it is used for battle.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Those regions were full both of cruel monsters and monstrous men; all which, by private combats, they delivered the countries of. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    But, oh, the noble combat that, ’twixt joy and sorrow, was fought in Paulina! She had one eye declined for the loss of her husband, another elevated that the oracle was fulfilled. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    The combat now by courage must be try’d. Dryden.

  2. To Combatverb

    To oppose; to fight.

    Love yields at last, thus combated by pride,
    And she submits to be the Roman’s bride. George Granville.

  3. To COMBATverb

    To fight; generally in a duel, or hand to hand.

    Etymology: combattre, Fr.

    Pardon me, I will not combat in my shirt. William Shakespeare.

Wikipedia

  1. Combat

    Combat (French for fight) is a purposeful violent conflict meant to physically harm or kill the opposition. Combat may be armed (using weapons) or unarmed (not using weapons). Combat is sometimes resorted to as a method of self-defense, or can be used as a tool to impose one's will on others. An instance of combat can be a stand-alone confrontation or a small part of a much larger violent conflict. Instances of combat may also be benign and recreational, as in the cases of combat sports and mock combat. Combat may comply with, or be in violation of local or international laws regarding conflict. Examples of rules include the Geneva Conventions (covering the treatment of people in war), medieval chivalry, the Marquess of Queensberry rules (covering boxing) and several forms of combat sports.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Combatverb

    to struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight

  2. Combatverb

    to fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist

  3. Combatnoun

    a fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy

  4. Combatnoun

    an engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies

  5. Etymology: [F. combattre; pref. com- + battre to beat, fr. L. battuere to strike. See Batter.]

Freebase

  1. Combat

    Combat or fighting is a purposeful violent conflict meant to weaken, or establish dominance over the opposition, or to kill the opposition, or drive the opposition away from a location where it is not wanted or needed. The term combat typically refers to armed conflict between military forces in warfare, whereas the more general term "fighting" can refer to any violent conflict between individuals or nations. Combat violence can be unilateral, whereas fighting implies at least a defensive reaction. However, the terms are often used synonymously along with the term "Battle Ready". A large-scale fight is known as a battle. Combat may take place under a specific set of rules or be unregulated. Examples of rules include the Geneva Conventions, medieval Chivalry, the Marquess of Queensberry rules and several forms of combat sports. Combat in war fare involves two or more opposing military organizations, usually fighting for nations at war. Warfare falls under the laws of war, which govern its purposes and conduct, and protect the rights of soldiers and non-combatants.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Combat

    kom′bat, or kum′bat, v.i. to contend or struggle.—v.t. to beat against: to contest: to oppose: to debate.—n. a struggle: a fight.—adjs. Com′batable, capable of being combated; Com′batant, disposed to combat.—n. one who combats; Com′bative, inclined to quarrel.—n. Com′bativeness.—Combatant officer, one who takes part in the action, as opposed to the medical officers, &c., who are Non-combatant. [Fr. combattre, to fight—com, with, and battre, to beat. See Beat.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. combat

    An engagement of no great magnitude, or one in which the parties engaged are not armies.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of combat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of combat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of combat in a Sentence

  1. House Judiciary Committee:

    Driven by the courage of survivors and advocates around the country, House Democrats have proudly led the charge for life-saving action to combat gun violence.

  2. Ben Evansky:

    It’s the main engine driving the terror radicalization process. Any effort to combat Islamist terrorism needs to take the MB's global network into account.

  3. Kongming (Zhuge Liang):

    Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered, those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid. Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win.

  4. Max Lucado:

    Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.

  5. President Obama:

    We’ve been in continuous war now for over 13 years. Next week we will be ending our combat mission in Afghanistan, because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country.

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