• WordNet 3.6
    • v encounter contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle "Princeton plays Yale this weekend","Charlie likes to play Mary"
    • v encounter come together "I'll probably see you at the meeting","How nice to see you again!"
    • v encounter come upon, as if by accident; meet with "We find this idea in Plato","I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here","She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
    • v encounter be beset by "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"
    • v encounter experience as a reaction "My proposal met with much opposition"
    • n encounter a casual meeting with a person or thing
    • n encounter a minor short-term fight
    • n encounter a hostile disagreement face-to-face
    • n encounter a casual or unexpected convergence "he still remembers their meeting in Paris","there was a brief encounter in the hallway"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To avoid long encounters with the press, President Ronald Reagan often took reporters' questions with his helicopter roaring in the background.
    • Encounter A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview. "To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd."
    • Encounter A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter . "As one for . . . fierce encounters fit""To join their dark encounter in mid-air"
    • v. t Encounter To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a truth. "Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him.""I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you."
    • v. i Encounter To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies encountered at Waterloo. "I will encounter with Andronicus.""Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation of all truth, have in the first place to encounter with particulars."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest indoor film set ever built was the landing site for the UFO in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Constructed inside a 10 million cubic foot hangar in Mobile, Alabama. it was 450 feet long by 250 feet wide and was 90 feet tall.
    • encounter To come upon or against; meet with; especially, to meet casually, unexpectedly, reluctantly, or the like.
    • encounter To meet antagonistically; engage in conflict of any kind with; contend with; make an attack upon.
    • encounter To oppose; oppugn.
    • encounter To befall; betide.
    • encounter Synonyms To confront, struggle with, contend against.
    • encounter To meet; come together; come into contact or collision.
    • encounter To meet in opposition or conflict; come together in combat; contend; fight.
    • n encounter A meeting, particularly a sudden or accidental meeting, of two or more persons or bodies of any kind; a coming together or in contact.
    • n encounter Specifically In physics, the coming within the sphere of one another's action of the rapidly moving molecules of a gaseous body. The word is so used by some writers in order to avoid collision, which might be understood to imply impact. The molecules of gases move in nearly rectilinear paths, until they come so close to one another that they are suddenly deflected. This very brief mutual action is the encounter. See gas.
    • n encounter A meeting in opposition or conflict of any kind; a conflict; a battle; specifically, a contest between individuals or a small number of men, or an accidental meeting and fighting of detachments.
    • n encounter Manner of encountering; mode of accost or address; behavior in intercourse.
    • n encounter Synonyms Encounter, Rencounter, Skirmish, Brush, colision, affair. As conflicts in war these are shorter, with fewer engaged, and of less importance, than those compared under battle. An encounter is often an accidental meeting, resulting in some conflict, but not suffered to grow into a general engagement. Rencounter is the same thing, expressed by a term less common. A skirmish is an irregular or desultory contest between parts of armies, as scouting parties or skirmish-lines, not generally resulting in battle. A brush is short and sharp, perhaps engaging the whole of some force for a time, but not being pushed into a long or hard-fought struggle. See strife.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Encounter en-kown′ter to meet face to face, esp. unexpectedly: to meet in contest: to oppose
    • n Encounter a meeting unexpectedly: an interview: a fight:
    • n Encounter (Shak.) behaviour
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  • Elie Wiesel
    “I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents.”
  • Abraham H. Maslow
    Abraham H. Maslow
    “To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage -- he won't encounter many rivals.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.”
  • Marquis De Vauvenargues
    “We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. encontrer,; pref. en-,L. in,) + contre, against, L. contra,. See Counter (adv.)


In literature:

With Steve each hardship, each difficulty encountered had been a matter of course.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
As he stooped to recover it his eyes encountered those of the picture gazing upward through the half-light.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Beyond that barrier, neither the sheriff nor the tax-gatherer were to be encountered.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
I am not afraid of Mrs Howell; and we shall have to encounter her again, sooner or later.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Strange Encounter with the Indian Chief.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
While at Benares the Gospel has to encounter peculiar opposition, it has some marked advantages as a mission-field.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
On my way here, I encountered the equipage of the Marchioness de Fleury.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
He encountered real difficulty when he tried to hire a man to act as cook.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The crash of the encounter between the two navies was now imminent.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
It was evident they had gone down stream, and might be encountered below.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

If you encounter any Boers
You really must not loot 'em!
And if you wish to leave these shores,
For pity's sake, DON'T SHOOT 'EM!!
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
Gaze dares not encounter gaze,…
Humbled, I turn my head aside;
When suddenly there is a face…
Pale, subdued and grievous-eyed.
"The Stranger" by Robert Nichols
Each for his land, in a fair fight,
Encountered, strove, and died,
And the kindly earth that knows no spite
Covers them side by side.
"The American Rebellion" by Rudyard Kipling
Blend in thy mighty voice whate'er
Of danger, terror, and despair
Thou hast encountered in thy sweep
Across the land and o'er the deep.
"Storm and Calm" by Henry Timrod
The land of triumph lies on high,
There are no foes t' encounter there;
Lord, I would conquer till I die,
And finish all the glorious war.
"Hymn 46 part 2" by Isaac Watts
If you encounter any Boers
You really must not loot ‘em,
And, if you wish to leave these shores,
For pity’s sake, don’t shoot ‘em.
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant

In news:

Hannah Mabel Wunderlich and Jeremy Lee Grahame were united in marriage on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 12:30 pm The double-ring ceremony took place at Extreme Encounter Ministries, located on Market Street in Parkersburg.
Brian recaps his story of going to the Bands of America Grand National Championships, and what interesting behavior he encountered in downtown Indianapolis.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and the Indians the two explorers encountered are, to say the least, the favorite subjects of sculptor Richard V Greeves .
Instead, his stay in Kentucky yielded a fateful encounter with Andrew Stonestreet.
High comedy and progressive sexual politics in an exploitation film—you can only imagine the puzzled expressions on the faces of the drive-in moviegoers of America when they encountered this little gem by Stephanie Rothman back in 1972.
Atlanta Falcons Player Ray Edwards Dishes on Groupie Encounters and The Perfect Woman.
Take, for instance, an encounter Hunt had with UPS last year.
The combustible encounter between a litigious society and a gung-ho police force has produced the seemingly inevitable: a how-to course by lawyers, for lawyers, on suing the New York Police Department.
Out of the Gulag Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad, by Melanie Kirkpatrick (Encounter, 376 pp.
The "Good Wife" actress will guest alongside Hamish Linklater as half of a couple who encounters Laura Linney's Cathy in the dark comedy.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was willing to get up close and personal with umpire Bob Davidson -- who doesn't seem to mind such encounters.
When you cut somebody's hair, it's a very intimate encounter.
Man Beaten by Police at Jewish Youth Center Describes Encounter.
All staff have encountered core measures at some point and have a basic understanding.

In science:

To test their hypothesis, they modeled a strong prograde tidal encounter between an LSB and an HSB disk galaxy of similar mass.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Having understood the phase slips further we move on to the three prong scatterer (Fig. 4) that is often encountered in mesoscopic systems including the experimental set up of Ref. and many such similar experiments.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
In addition, three-spin terms of the form encountered previously will now be forbidden by spin conservation.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The kid then moves toward the empty space, pushing any other kids he encounters until the space is occupied.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
We now introduce terminology to describe the different cases of sextactic points we will encounter.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve