• Combats with Beasts
    Combats with Beasts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj combative having or showing a ready disposition to fight "bellicose young officers","a combative impulse","a contentious nature"
    • adj combative striving to overcome in argument "a dialectical and agonistic approach"
    • adj combative inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits "a style described as abrasive and contentious","a disputatious lawyer","a litigious and acrimonious spirit"
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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
    • a Combative Disposed to engage in combat; pugnacious.
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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
    • combative Disposed to combat; pugnacious; showing a disposition to fight, contend, or oppose.
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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.
    • Combative inclined to quarrel
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.”
  • Alistair Grant
    Alistair Grant
    “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
    “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
    “Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. combattre, to fight—com, with, and battre, to beat. See Beat.


In literature:

We are told of the combat of a lion and a wild boar, in a meadow near Algiers, which continued for a long time with incredible obstinacy.
"Stories about Animals: with Pictures to Match" by Francis C. Woodworth
He preferred to look upon him as a friend whom he had met once in worthy combat, but with whom he was now at peace.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The awful combatants held each other in a tight embrace.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
His countenance exhibited very visible traces of this rude combat.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The combatants were then placed and fought.
"The Customs of Old England" by F. J. Snell
He will need training, to fit him for combat in the ranks.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
For a moment the two battle lines mingled in deadly hand to hand combat and once more the guns were retaken.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
Of this total, there are in France 1,338,169 combatant troops.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Obdam, who was admiral of the Dutch navy, of nearly equal force, declined not the combat.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
All night the combat raged, the men fighting desperately hand to hand.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett

In poetry:

But before it came to combat,
and while their minds were already heated,
at the advice of one of those of the third group they agreed
that they should decide this matter by the judgment of God.
"Anhelli - Chapter 10" by Juliusz Slowacki
Let death approach, still leaning on their God,
I see them firm, that last sad combat brave;
See death, their friend, to life direct the road,
And dipt in balm his shafts, but wound — to save.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
"So draw, and defend yourself, without more delay,
For I swear you shall not live another day!"
Then the villain sprang to his feet, and a combat ensued,
But in three passes he was entirely subdued.
"The Nithsdale Widow and Her Son" by William Topaz McGonagall
Brave Downie! thou had'st often seen
The bold in combat, and had'st been
Where decks and waves were gore;
Thy gallant foe, thy noble friend,
Has met in peace a Christian's end; —
Macdonough is no more.
"For The Carrier Of The Mirror. 1826" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Religion should extinguish strife,
And make a calm of human life;
But friends that chance to differ
On points which God has left at large,
How freely will they meet and charge!
No combatants are stiffer.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
I am a woman--weak to combat wrong,
But innocent, my Lord, I live or die;
And silent, though my God doth tarry long,
He sees me throughly with His holy eye,
And in my sore, sore need, doth make me strong.
"Beatrice Di Tenda" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

Nothing in the documents made public on Sunday offers as vivid a miniature of the Afghan war so far — from hope to heartbreak — as the field reports from one lonely base: Combat Outpost Keating.
He enlisted in the US Army after graduating from high school in 1943 and as a teenager spent 200 days in combat in the European Theater of Operations.
Combat nurse gets Bronze Star for removing grenade from Marine's leg.
Soldier honored for combat heroism.
A Navy officer was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for valorous action during Operation Enduring Freedom in a ceremony at Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 11 Detachment Bangor, Aug 30.
Officials from the US Department of Justice, the NYPD and the Brooklyn District Attorney's office announced a $600,000 grant to combat violent crimes in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn on Tuesday.
It is an unprecedented multiyear and multibillion-dollar commitment by the United States to combat the epidemic's deadly march across Africa.
The banner decorating the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, when President Bush announced an end to "major combat operations" in Iraq, turns out to have been accurate after all.
But recent history suggests a military jury would be reluctant to use that punishment on defendants whose alleged crimes were committed in a combat zone.
He tells FRONTLINE that the lesson he took from the bombing of the Marine barracks was that the US must only use combat forces in a clearly defined mission and only as a last resort.
Last week's 'Band to Band Combat' was another ass kickin' match up.
Each piece of the top is held to the next by short dowels to help combat seasonal wood movement.
While Second Stage Theatre's latest offering contains some intense combat, " Dogfight " is also a play on the slang word for an unattractive female.
18 MINUTES AGO Combat the cold.
Gen Richard Mills, deputy commandant for combat development and integration, USMC.

In science:

In this particular case we are interested the situation where Eq. (19) is at least one, i.e. what is the sufficient number of troops such that there is at least one troop left after the combat.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
Suppose the attacker enters the combat with the maximum of three troops.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
Since all possible combat sequences has to be taken into account, the resulting formula will be relatively long even in the simplest cases.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
The goal of these schemes is to combat transport-layer packet losses.
Round-Robin Streaming with Generations
We here consider three rateless coding schemes to combat random packet losses in single-hop scenarios.
Round-Robin Streaming with Generations