• WordNet 3.6
    • n contestation a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement "they were involved in a violent argument"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Planters Peanut Company mascot, Mr. Peanut, was created during a contest for schoolchildren in 1916
    • Contestation Proof by witness; attestation; testimony. "A solemn contestation ratified on the part of God."
    • Contestation The act of contesting; emulation; rivalry; strife; dispute. "Loverlike contestation .""After years spent in domestic, unsociable contestations , she found means to withdraw."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Charlie Chaplin once lost a contest for a Charlie Chaplin look a like
    • n contestation The act of contesting or striving to gain or overcome; contest; emulation, competition, or rivalry.
    • n contestation Strife; dispute.
    • n contestation Joint testimony; proof by witnesses; attestation.
    • n contestation In the Gallican liturgies, the Vere Dignum, or clause beginning “It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty,” at the beginning of the eucharistic preface; in a wider sense, the whole preface.
    • n contestation Same as contention, 5.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest kiss on record lasted 30 hours and 45 minutes. Dror Orpaz and Carmit Tsubara recorded it on April 5, 1999 at a kissing contest held in Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Contestation the act of contesting: contest: strife: emulation
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  • Lord Byron
    “It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.”
  • Geoffrey Gaberino
    Geoffrey Gaberino
    “The real contest is always between what you've done and what you're capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. contestatio, testimony: cf. F. contestation, a contesting
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. contestāri, to call to witness—con, and testāri, to be a witness—testis, a witness.


In literature:

In the late contest between the United States and Black Hawk's band, Keokuk and a majority of the Sacs and Foxes, took no part.
"Great Indian Chief of the West" by Benjamin Drake
The contest with America was plainly a contest of principle, and had been conducted entirely on principle by both parties.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)" by John Marshall
For about fifty minutes, the contest was extremely obstinate.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)" by John Marshall
The contest was warm and strenuous.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 5 (of 5)" by John Marshall
There will be no contest on my part.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
A hundred and fifty yards were needed for one of the contests.
"Sergeant York And His People" by Sam Cowan
The contest became so warm that the courtiers began to be afraid, and proposed an expedient which was put in practice.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
But Harvard held well, and the contest was a fairly even one for twenty minutes.
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
Endowed with the most childlike nature, he was nevertheless a lion in contest.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
The rivals made preparations for the contest.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish

In poetry:

The hag related then the sports
Of that eventful day,
When on the well contested field
Full fifteen thousand lay.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
And if a long—held contest tended
To ill—defined result,
It was by calm consent suspended
As over—difficult:
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Thou art a moon-like toil, a blind
Self-posing state,
A dark contest of waves and wind,
A mere tempestuous debate.
"Quickness" by Henry Vaughan
When in the contest she is slain,
And thou art banish'd hence;
Flying the everconquering darts
Of keen indifference;
"Address To Happiness" by Elizabeth Bath
Struggles bring a development
That will not brook defeat;
Within us dwells an element
That makes just contest sweet.
"My Room In Boyhood's Days" by Jared Barhite
New-startled blush of Flora !
The griefe of pale Aurora,
Who will contest no more ;
Haste, haste, to strowe her floore.
"The Rose" by Richard Lovelace

In news:

It just so happens that there was a contest on Tuesday to crown the first-ever World Belching Champion, and I got a hold of the video.
With stunts like skid-mark contests and special deals for cycle commuters, Crooked Fence Brewing's business strategy could be described as adding beer to adolescent shenaniganry.
After last year's inaugural burger eating contest was a big success, M.L.
The top entries in the 2010 Reflections Contest at Blanding Elementary School were awarded prizes on Thursday, April 15.
UFC 155 on Dec 29 in Las Vegas will feature no shortage of big-name contestants.
The Massachusetts contest was one of the highest-profile Senate races.
Big Tree Contest under way in Belmont County.
Ten finalists belted out the National Anthem on Friday, April 24, at the Laguna Seca Raceway, competing as part of contest called Mazda Raceway Idol.
A new contest at the BIG E this year was looking for the most.
4-H and FFA Showmanship Contest (RCHS Livestock Barn on Lick Fork).
The Reading Frenzy BookShop is hosting a Young Writer's Contest with the winners to be announced at 4 pm Dec 3 during the store's Kids Winter Book Fest.
Local WTAMU student wins public speaking contest, speech, hipps, major, competition, communication, prize, professor, freshman, contest, wtamu.
What happens when producers of a game show tell two contestants there will be no trick questions and then ask what might be considered a "trick question," causing those contestants to blow $580,000 in potential winnings.
Looks like Bachelorette contestant Ryan Bowers didn't learn from booted contestant Kalon McMahon that he needed to watch his tongue around Emily Maynard.

In science:

Four new contests, each worth $25, are now available.
Is It Real, or Is It Randomized?: A Financial Turing Test
To enter a contest, and for your input to be recorded, you must create an account.
Is It Real, or Is It Randomized?: A Financial Turing Test
Figure 6: Summary of experimental results across all eight contests.
Is It Real, or Is It Randomized?: A Financial Turing Test
The reason the shaman superficially seemed to win the contest is that he gave a probability distribution while Sophie gave a point prediction; these two types of forecast are not really comparable.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
In each round of clustering, the Eth value is reduced by a specific percent of its value in the last round. This is necessary to ensure that there are nodes that have higher Ere than the Eth, which could contest the CH election.
Acdmcp: An adaptive and completely distributed multi-hop clustering protocol for wireless sensor networks