• WordNet 3.6
    • n skirmisher someone who skirmishes (e.g., as a member of a scouting party)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Skirmisher (Mil) One who skirmishes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n skirmisher One who skirmishes; a soldier specially detailed for the duty of skirmishing; one of the skirmish-line (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Skirmisher a soldier belonging to troops dispersed to cover front or flank, and prevent surprises
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escarmouche—Old High Ger. skerman, scirman, to fight.


In literature:

Like riflemen they advanced, skirmishing, one supporting the other.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
This accidental skirmish was the first meeting of the colonists with the Fetcani.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
There had been some skirmishing already, in front of the gate, in which he had come off victorious.
"The Young Trawler" by R.M. Ballantyne
This was Washington's first skirmish and it opened the French and Indian War that lasted seven years.
"George Washington" by Calista McCabe Courtenay
Skirmishers were sent to the front and we advanced slowly and cautiously through the woods.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The 10th Hussars forded the river and extended, in skirmishing order, to cut off the retreat of the garrison.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
The skirmish on the following day was nothing remarkable in its way.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
Sometimes severe skirmishes were the result.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
Back, steadily, though slowly, gave the blue skirmishers before the grey skirmishers.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The enemy again advanced, and quite a lively cavalry skirmish was had from Mt.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore

In poetry:

Me alienated? Bosh! It's just
As a sworn citizen who must
Skirmish with it that I feel
Most at home with what is Real.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
For some we lost in the skirmish,
And some were killed in the fight,
But he was captured by fever,
In the sentry pit, at night.
"Camp Follower's Song, Gomal River" by Laurence Hope
With the hostile camp in skirmish
Our men once were changing shot,
Pranced the Delibash his charger
'Fore our ranks of Cossacks hot.
"The Delibash" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
We formed in haste and dashed away,
Across the field, our place to fill;
At first a skirmish, then a spray
Of cannon smoke upon a hill
Flanked by long lines in close array.
"An Incident Of War" by Maurice Thompson
Shee led upp her souldiers in battaile array,
Gainst three times theyr number by breake of the daye;
Seven howers in skirmish continued shee:
Was not this a brave bonny lasse, Mary Ambree?
"Mary Ambree" by Anonymous British
Shee ledd upp her souldiers in battaile array,
Gainst three times theyr number by breake of the daye;
Seven howers in skirmish continued shee:
Was not this a brave bonny lasse, Mary Ambree?
"Mary Ambree" by Andrew Lang

In news:

In this Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 photo, a Syrian rebel fighter aims at Syrian government forces during skirmishes in Aleppo, Syria.
Iowa was also the scene of skirmishing over voting, as Republicans on Sunday night accused Democratic operatives of encouraging older voters to illegally fill out absentee ballots for their family members.
The skirmish began after Humphries fouled Celtics center Kevin Garnett, causing an upset Rondo to shove Humphries' chest, and get one back in return.
A new wave of skirmishes erupted Oct 14, but officials say the area has been calm since Saturday.
This latest skirmish shows how localities, not the feds, are driving eco-policy.
Humphries and Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace were also ejected for their roles in the second-quarter skirmish.
An historical marker noting a Civil War skirmish is to be placed near Searcy to note a Confederate victory over the Union.
Early Tuesday morning The Game was involved in a skirmish outside of Colony nightclub in LA.
History buffs could spend a lifetime visiting the more than 200 Revolutionary War battle or skirmish sites in South Carolina.
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was suspended for two games Thursday for a skirmish in Wednesday night's game.
In this so-called battle between Wall Street and Main Street, the little guys actually won this skirmish, shouting loud enough for the House to hear.
How Primary Skirmish Toughens White House Bid.
Gang conflict blamed for skirmish in lot.
Unboxing D&D's Dungeon Command Skirmish Game.
Mac Hammond Recounts 'Surreal' Israel Experience During Hamas Skirmish .