combat

Definitions

  • Combats with Beasts
    Combats with Beasts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v combat 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"
    • n combat an engagement fought between two military forces
    • n combat 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Terrific Combat between Titus Manlius and a Gaul of gigantic stature Terrific Combat between Titus Manlius and a Gaul of gigantic stature

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was first established for the specific purpose to combat the counterfeiting of money
    • Combat A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy. "My courage try by combat , if thou dar'st.""The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in Paulina."
    • Combat (Mil) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies.
    • v. t Combat To fight with; to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to resist. "When he the ambitious Norway combated .""And combated in silence all these reasons.""Minds combat minds, repelling and repelled."
    • v. i Combat To struggle or contend, as with an opposing force; to fight. "To combat with a blind man I disdain.""After the fall of the republic, the Romans combated only for the choice of masters."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: English sailors were referred to as "limeys" because sailors added lime juice to their diet to combat scurvy
    • combat To fight; struggle or contend; battle; especially, in earlier use, engage in single fight.
    • combat To fight or do battle with; oppose by force; contend against; resist contentiously: as, to combat an antagonist; to combat arguments or opinions.
    • n combat A fight, especially, in earlier use, between two; in general, a struggle to resist, overthrow, or conquer: contest; engagement; battle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first nation to ally with the USA during the Persian Gulf war was Canada. However, their soldiers were deemed unfit for combat and assigned to guard duty.
    • v.i Combat kom′bat or kum′bat to contend or struggle
    • v.t Combat to beat against: to contest: to oppose: to debate
    • n Combat a struggle: a fight
    • n Combat one who combats
    • v.i Combat kom′bat or kum′bat, to contend or struggle
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.”
  • Alistair Grant
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    “I'm not a combative person. My long experience has taught me to resolve conflict by raising the issues before I or others burn their boats.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
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    “Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. combattre,; pref. com-, + battre, to beat, fr. L. battuere, to strike. See Batter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. combattre, to fight—com, with, and battre, to beat. See Beat.

Usage

In literature:

Adrastus, the leader of the assailing army, assented, and the unholy combat began.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Guerin signifying his willingness to this plan, arrangements were soon made for the combat.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
It was not the "tawnies" against the others, but the males of each kind in single combats with one another.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
This specious appeal was earnestly combated by the friends of the maiden, many of whom were present in the throng.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It is unlikely to affect him except to slow him in personal combat.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
We don't kill non-combatants on purpose!
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
His followers were so much animated at this successful onset, that they advanced very resolutely to the combat.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
He saw the buffaloes trampling down the grass, and heard the shout of his enemies in the forest combat.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Generally applied to an enemy, but strictly an opponent in single combat.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Senator Toombs combated the idea that slavery debased and enervated the white man.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
Fifteen minutes of fierce cannonading followed, the combatants being within musket-shot most of the time.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
No sooner had the first blood been shed than the Eastern monk Telemachus sprang down into the arena to part the combatants.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
Is their object to accelerate the combat?
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
By his movements and cries he announces his impatience for combat, and his passion for victory.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
No, you slew us without a combat, by treason.
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
Combat principles.= The principles of combat are considered in Pars.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
For one thing, this immoderate thirst for gain, which I've combated in vain in all our chapters, this thirst will be our ruin.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
It was the signal for a general combat.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
Besides which, he was a combat officer and unused to being addressed with less than full respect, even from superiors.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
As the combat took place in the woods, the British were forced to adopt the same tactics.
"Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777" by Samuel Adams Drake
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In poetry:

Thou art a God too,
O Galilean!
And thus single-handed
Unto the combat,
Gauntlet or Gospel,
Here I defy thee!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf I. -- The Challenge Of T" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Now Tilly's at the gate.
Our homes who'll liberate?
Go, loved one, hasten to the gate,
And dare the combat straight!
"The Destruction Of Magdeburg" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Underneath turf, cross, and stone
Combat and discord be husht!
Blest be the heroes unknown,
Blest be their deeds and dust.
"The White Pall Of Peace" by Alfred Austin
Again, I saw it sail, and sail,
Proud and defiant with the gale,
With hope, iron will, and nerves of mail
Combatting the fates.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
'His horse will Almaskhiti yield
To none beneath the spacious skies;
And who ever tries to steal the horse
In deadly combat he defies.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Of the sick-room, the mortal strife,
The turmoil for a little breath -
The pure eternal course of life,
Not human combatings with death.
"A Wish" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

Government lawyers told the nine justices that the president's constitutional powers as commander in chief permit him to order the military to seize suspects whom he designates "enemy combatants " in the war on terror.
The two have been declared enemy combatants and confined in near isolation in a Navy brig in South Carolina.
To Allow 'Enemy Combatant ' to See a Lawyer.
Supreme Court Accepts Case Testing Enemy Combatant Detention.
Rejected Dunham's appeal challenging the detention, ruling that the president has wide powers to detain enemy combatants during wartime.
The Bush administration argues that under international law, enemy combatants such as Hamdi and Padilla can be held until the war is over — which could be years, if not decades, away.
Al Qaeda suspect declared 'enemy combatant '.
Judge allows lawyers to visit 'enemy combatant '.
DETENTION UPHELD IN COMBATANT CASE.
'Enemy Combatant ' In Legal Limbo.
Combative Sausalito Council approves city manager raise.
Combative Obama finds subdued Romney.
Candidates fan out after combative debate.
Presidential Candidates Woo Women Following Combative Debate.
President Obama turns up the heat in combative debate (+video).
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In science:

To combat this, we construct a colour-mass diagram for our sample, divided by radius to the cluster centre (Fig. 11).
The drivers of AGN activity in galaxy clusters: AGN fraction as a function of mass and environment
The optimality of such system in combating the ISI/ICI caused by the DD channel is guaranteed by the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and the sphere-packing theory.
On Max-SINR Receiver for Hexagonal Multicarrier Transmission Over Doubly Dispersive Channel
Cost-effectiveness: A ma jor criteria for any policy designed to combat an epidemic is its cost-effectiveness.
Halting viruses in scale-free networks
We show that the improved algorithm is far superior to the usual HMC procedure in combating the effects of critical slowing down.
Testing a Fourier Accelerated Hybrid Monte Carlo Algorithm
This is obviously a crucially important consideration for quantum error correction, which relies precisely on entanglement to combat decoherence.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
Prerequisites are low backgrounds; the concurrent use of two detection techniques, to combat that background, is generally expected.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
In fact, this example gives an indication as to how active and passive techniques for quantum error correction can be combined to combat noise.
A method to find quantum noiseless subsystems
The focus has been on design of efficie nt protocols, especially in the slow fading scenario , where spatial diversity offers an interesting method to combat the occasional deep fades in the channel.
Selection Relaying at Low Signal to Noise Ratios
To combat this we extend both PLSA and LDA to induce multi-grain topic models.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
Along with the need to combat overfitting by using appropriately chosen regularization parameters, the main drawback of the PLSA method is that it is inherently transductive, i.e., there is no direct way to apply the learned model to new documents.
Modeling Online Reviews with Multi-grain Topic Models
Diversity techniques have been developed in order to combat fading on wireless channels.
Incomplete decode-and-forward protocol using distributed space-time block codes
The 2051 nm is servo-locked to this cavity using a high bandwidth Pound-Drever-Hall scheme in order to combat laser drift and to narrow the laser linewidth, hopefully to 10 Hz or below after mechanical isolation of the cavity.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
While the merits of capped and planar metallic devices remain mutually exclusive, plasmon lasers must rely on cryogenic temperatures to attain sufficient gain to combat losses.
Room temperature plasmon laser by total internal reflection
The phenomena of Coulomb degeneracy and configuration crossing can be used to combat this tendency.
Astronomical and laboratory searches for space-time variation of fundamental constants
In order to combat propagation losses, the entanglement must be reinforced by quantum repeater stations , incorporating entanglement swapping and distillation .
Photon subtraction from traveling fields - recent experimental demonstrations
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