Definitions for combat
kəmˈbæt, ˈkɒm bæt; ˈkɒm bætcom·bat
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combat, armed combatnoun
an engagement fought between two military forces
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"
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"
A battle, a fight (often one in which weapons are used); a struggle for victory.
To fight; to struggle for victory
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
To oppose; to fight.
Love yields at last, thus combated by pride,
And she submits to be the Roman’s bride. George Granville.
To fight; generally in a duel, or hand to hand.
Etymology: combattre, Fr.
Pardon me, I will not combat in my shirt. William Shakespeare.
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.
Combat refers to a fight or a battle between armed forces or individuals, often as part of a war or conflict. It can occur on land, at sea, or in the air, and may vary in duration and intensity. Combat generally involves the use of physical force or weaponry with the aim of defeating, subduing, or killing the opponent. It can also be used metaphorically to describe a struggle or competition between opposing forces or ideals.
to struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight
to fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist
a fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy
an engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies
Etymology: [F. combattre; pref. com- + battre to beat, fr. L. battuere to strike. See Batter.]
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
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
An engagement of no great magnitude, or one in which the parties engaged are not armies.
The numerical value of combat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of combat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly combat.
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
The authorization I propose would provide the flexibility to conduct ground combat operations in other more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership, it would also authorize the use of U.S. forces in situations where ground combat operations are not expected or intended, such as intelligence collection and sharing, missions to enable kinetic strikes or the provision of operational planning and other forms of advice and assistance to partner forces.
This institution will be based upon the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.
You know, our aviators are conducting combat air patrols, I mean, that's the name of the mission, combat air patrol. So, of course it's combat, you know, they are conducting combat -- when you're a pilot and you strike an enemy target with thousands of pounds of bombs, that's aerial combat.
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- сражение, битка, сражавам се, боря се, борбаBulgarian
- batalla, combat, combatreCatalan, Valencian
- bojovat, bojCzech
- brwydr, brwydroWelsh
- træfning, slagsmål, kamp, slagDanish
- Schlacht, KampfGerman
- πολεμώ, αγώνας, πάλη, καταπολεμώGreek
- batalla, combate, combatir, acciónSpanish
- kamppailu, kamppailla, taistella, taisteluFinnish
- bataille, combattre, combat, lutteFrench
- fjochtsjen, striidWestern Frisian
- còmhrag, cathScottish Gaelic
- կռիվ, մարտArmenian
- 전투, 싸움Korean
- ceng, şer, şerr, کارزانKurdish
- pugna, proeliumLatin
- kamp, strijd, treffen, veldslag, slag, vechten, gevechtDutch
- zwalczać, walkaPolish
- peleja, luta, combate, pugna, batalhaPortuguese
- combate, bătaie, luptăRomanian
- сражение, битва, борьба, бойRussian
- kamp, slagsmål, batalj, slag, stridSwedish
- పోటీ పడుTelugu
- muharebe, boğuşmakTurkish
- chống lạiVietnamese
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