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    The Duel. 139
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v duel fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman "In the 19th century, men often dueled over small matters"
    • n duel any struggle between two skillful opponents (individuals or groups)
    • n duel a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors
    • n Duel A combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons, by agreement. It usually arises from an injury done or an affront given by one to the other.
    • v. i. & t Duel To fight in single combat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tycho Brahe, a 16th century astronomer, lost his nose in a duel with one of his students over a mathematical computation. He wore a silver replacement nose for the rest of his life
    • n duel A single combat; specifically, a premeditated and prearranged combat between two persons with deadly weapons, and usually in the presence of at least two witnesses, called seconds, for the purpose of deciding a quarrel, avenging an insult, or clearing the honor of one of the combatants, or of some third party whose cause he champions. The origin of the modern practice of dueling was doubtless the judicial combat or wager of battle resorted to in the middle ages as a means of settling disputes. The practice was formerly common, but has generally been suppressed by adverse public opinion in civilized countries. In England and the United States dueling is illegal, death resulting from this cause being regarded as murder, no matter how fair the combat may have been; and the seconds are liable to severe punishment as accessories. Deliberate dueling is where both parties meet avowedly with intent to murder. In law the offense of dueling consists in the invitation to fight; and the crime is complete on the delivery of a challenge.
    • n duel Any fight or contest between two parties; especially, a military contest between parties representing the same arm of the service.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Andrew Jackson spent most of his adult life with a bullet no more than two inches away from his heart as a result of a duel he fought before becoming President.
    • n Duel dū′el a combat between two persons, prearranged, and fought under fixed conditions, generally on an affair of honour—happily harmless in France: any fight or struggle between two parties: single combat to decide a quarrel
    • v.i Duel to fight in a duel:—pr.p. dū′elling; pa.p. dū′elled
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  • Joseph Cannon
    Joseph Cannon
    “Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. duello, fr. L. duellum, orig., a contest between two, which passed into the common form bellum, war, fr. duo, two: cf. F. duel,. See Bellicose Two, and cf. Duello


In literature:

Thereupon the artillery duel recommenced.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Duels and pitched battles in the air were of daily occurrence on the western front.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Only occasional unimportant local attacks and artillery duels were reported.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Violent artillery duels continued for several days following, but there was no important fighting along the Somme.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Come along now, and hold your tongue like a graven image if you would not be having me stop the duel to lather you.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
There are already people who talk of abolishing dueling.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
But for a duel I had to fight, I should have been satisfied to go on as we were.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Must one wait for all the formalities of a duel, with the Prefect and Angelot to see fair play?
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
He knew that a final, desperate duel to the death with their foe still was ahead.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
I want you to be my second in a duel.
"Tales from Blackwood, Volume 7" by Various
Bismarck was completely routed, though his son seemed inclined to fasten a duel on the English diplomatist.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
I hope I shall never be called upon to fight a duel.
"Through Russian Snows" by G. A Henty
Thus the situation resolved itself into an underground duel between Wilhelm II.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
There will be the usual farce of a sword duel.
"A Diplomatic Adventure" by S. Weir Mitchell
And yet a duel might be very irregular in form, and, under the peculiar circumstances of the case, loyal enough in effect.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I thought duels had gone out back in the Nineteenth Century.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
The duel was to take place at half-past five.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
The second round in the air duel was about to open.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
He had dropped it as he ran, and Major Webster picked it up a little later on the dueling ground.
"Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days" by Howard R. Garis
Then it was a question of a duel, and Jacques Rival spoke.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6" by Guy de Maupassant

In poetry:

Whoever says that there are others
who can be compared to you,
whoever burns for your love,
I challenge them all to a duel!
"Don Juan's Serenade" by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
Today I will go once again
Into life, into haggling, into market,
And lead the army of my songs
To duel against the market tide.
"Today I Will Go Once Again" by Velimir Khlebnikov
The fiercest lances of his light
Are spent; I watch him droop and die
Like a great king who falls in fight;
None dared the duel of his eye
"Fragments Pts 1, 11, 111" by Victor James Daley
LELIUS. Further let us not proceed;
For these rocks, these boughs so thickly
Interwoven, that the sun
Cannot even find admittance,
Shall be the sole witnesses
Of our duel.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
"In retort to Christ, who believes that He does well
To equilibrate the duel from above,
Through me this golden, silken lair which is Hell
Shall be sacrificed to the universal Love!"
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
I see my life behind me: bad enough--
Drink, duels, madness, beggary, and pride,
The life of the unfit: yet ere I drop
On Nature's rubbish heap, I weigh it all,
And give you all a toast--
"The Wild Knight" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

There are two moments from my 2011 pilgrimage that duel in my mind for the title of quintessential Miami Art Basel .
Against each other in a vocal duel hosted by Lance Bass.
Berger , Barefoot duel for state senate in 18th district Berger , Barefoot duel in new 18th district.
HOWARD — What began as an intense pitching duel ended in a lopsided victory for the Danville High School softball team on Wednesday night.
Move over, "Dueling Banjos," to make way for the first California Banjo Extravaganza.
Diet duel while eating out.
Bowyer wins fuel duel at Charlotte.
Skyfall,' 'Guardians' duel for box -office win.
'Skyfall,' 'Guardians' duel for box -office win.
Skyfall and Rise of the Guardians duel for weekend box -office.
"Skyfall," "Rise of the Guardians" duel for box -office win.
'Skyfall,' 'Guardians' Duel For Box-Office Win.
Skyfall,' 'Guardians' duel for box-office win.
"Skyfall," "Rise of the Guardians" duel for box-office win.
How the duel for Ohio played in the Buckeye State.

In science:

Let ̺ be either a standard or duel representation and ̺′ be also either a standard or duel representation of sl(k).
Simple decompositions of simple Lie superalgebras
He then proceeds to challenge Sophie to a predictive duel, in which the two of them will make forecasts regarding the outcome of a simple experiment, the winner being decided based on the accuracy of the forecasts.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Blackwell (1949), The noisy duel, one bullet each, arbitrary nonmonotone accuracy.
Equilibrium in Two-Player Non-Zero-Sum Dynkin Games in Continuous Time
This was probably the best teaching experience I ever had over these years; I am grateful to him and Duel Richardson for giving me the opportunity. I found another Don (Lamb) to be helpful on various number of issues time to time.
Applications of Halo Approach to Non-Linear Large Scale Structure Clustering