• WordNet 3.6
    • v challenge raise a formal objection in a court of law
    • v challenge ask for identification "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"
    • v challenge issue a challenge to "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
    • v challenge take exception to "She challenged his claims"
    • n challenge a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
    • n challenge questioning a statement and demanding an explanation "his challenge of the assumption that Japan is still our enemy"
    • n challenge a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror
    • n challenge a call to engage in a contest or fight
    • n challenge a demanding or stimulating situation "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Seven asteroids were especially named for the Challenger astronauts who were killed in the 1986 failed launch of the space shuttle
    • Challenge A claim or demand. "There must be no challenge of superiority."
    • Challenge (Law) An exception to a juror or to a member of a court martial, coupled with a demand that he should be held incompetent to act; the claim of a party that a certain person or persons shall not sit in trial upon him or his cause.
    • Challenge An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered.
    • Challenge An invitation to engage in a contest or controversy of any kind; a defiance; specifically, a summons to fight a duel; also, the letter or message conveying the summons. "A challenge to controversy."
    • Challenge The act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his post, and demanding the countersign.
    • Challenge (Hunting) The opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game.
    • v. i Challenge To assert a right; to claim a place. "Where nature doth with merit challenge ."
    • Challenge To call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy. "I challenge any man to make any pretense to power by right of fatherhood."
    • Challenge To call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by personal combat. "By this I challenge him to single fight."
    • Challenge To censure; to blame. "He complained of the emperors . . . and challenged them for that he had no greater revenues . . . from them."
    • Challenge To claim as due; to demand as a right. "Challenge better terms."
    • Challenge (Law) To object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or member of a court.
    • Challenge To object to the reception of the vote of, as on the ground that the person in not qualified as a voter.
    • Challenge (Mil) To question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines); as, the sentinel challenged us, with “Who comes there?”
    • Challenge To take exception to; question; as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Washington D.C. it is illegal to post a notice in public which calls another person a 'coward' for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.
    • n challenge Accusation; charge.
    • n challenge A claim or demand; pretension.
    • n challenge A summons or invitation to a duel; a calling upon one to engage in single combat, as for the vindication of the challenger's honor; a defiance.
    • n challenge Hence An invitation to a contest or trial of any kind: as, a challenge to a rubber at whist; a challenge to a public debate; “a challenge to controversy,”
    • n challenge The letter or message containing the summons to a combat or contest.
    • n challenge Milit., the act of a sentry in demanding the countersign from any one who approaches his post.
    • n challenge In hunting, the opening cry of hounds on first finding the scent of their game.
    • n challenge A calling in question; an exception taken, as to the tenability of a proposition, or a person's right to do something or to hold something.
    • n challenge In law, an objection to a juror; the claim of a party that a certain juror shall not sit in the cause. The right of challenge is given in both civil and criminal trials, for certain reasons which are supposed to disqualify a juror to be an impartial judge. The challenge may extend either to the whole panel or body of jurors, called a challenge to the array, or only to particular jurors, called a challenge to the polls. Both of these challenges are subdivided into principal challenges (or challenges for principal cause) and challenges to the favor. A principal challenge is a challenge which alleges a fact of such a nature that, if proved, the juror is disqualified as a matter of law, without inquiring whether he is actually impartial: as, that one or more of the jury are returned at the nomination of the other party, or are nearly related to the other party. A challenge to the favor consists in the allegation by the party of a cause that might probably bias, and the raising of the question whether the juror is in fact impartial: as, a statement that a juror has already formed an opinion, or is prejudiced against the party. A peremptory challenge, allowed by statute in many jurisdictions, is a challenge of jurors, to a limited number, to be taken without showing any cause at all.
    • challenge To accuse; call to answer; censure.
    • challenge To lay claim to; demand as due or as a right: as, the Supreme Being challenges our reverence and homage.
    • challenge To call, invite, or summon to single combat or duel.
    • challenge To call to a contest; call into opposing activity; invite to a trial; defy: as, to challenge a man to prove what he asserts (implying defiance).
    • challenge To take exception to; object to (a person or thing); call in question: as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement. Specifically
    • challenge In law, to object or take exception to, as a juror or jury panel. See challenge, n., 9—7. Milit., to demand the countersign from: as, a sentry is bound to challenge every person appearing near his post. See challenge, n., 6.
    • challenge In hunting, to whimper or cry when the scent of game is first discovered: said of a hound.
    • n challenge In the East Indies, an exception taken by a ryot to the assessment of a neighbor's holding when it is less than that of his own poorer holding, accompanied by an offer to take over the neighbor's holding at a higher assessment, and a claim for the assessment on his own to be correspondingly reduced.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "throw one's hat in the ring" comes from boxing, where throwing a hat into the ring once signified a challenge. Today it nearly always signifies political candidacy.
    • v.t Challenge chal′enj to call on one to settle a matter by fighting or by any kind of contest: to claim as one's own: to accuse; to object to
    • n Challenge a summons to a contest of any kind, but esp. a duel: a calling of any one or anything in question: exception to a juror: the demand of a sentry
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  • Terry Bradshaw
    Terry Bradshaw
    “When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge.”
  • Nancy Lopez
    Nancy Lopez
    “I love the challenge.”
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon
    Bernice Johnson Reagon
    “Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.”
  • Michael Sky
    Michael Sky
    “The real challenge (in life) is to choose, hold, and operate through intelligent, uplifting, and fully empowering beliefs.”
  • Yoshihisa Tabuchi
    Yoshihisa Tabuchi
    “It's always the challenge of the future, this feeling of excitement, that drives me.”
  • Les Brown
    “Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chalengen, to accuse, claim, OF. chalengier, chalongier, to claim, accuse, dispute, fr. L. calumniar, to attack with false accusations. See Challenge (n.), and cf. Calumniate


In literature:

Now let those pesty scientists challenge him with the question of whether any E's would be listening to their review.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
They passed on, getting well round to the farther side of the kopje before they were challenged again.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
By their attitude, and in their looks, both the challenged and challenger showed a full, firm determination to fight.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
The eyes of the girl whose glove he had trodden upon still challenged him from the starlit darkness, eyes made of starlit darkness themselves.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
He cried out roughly a challenge to the elements.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
But he stepped forward, with a grim sort of deliberation, with his challenging gaze locked on mine.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
That a man could appear at once so composed and so challenging was unique.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Challenge anyone in Nottingham; I dare swear some lad will be found who shall show you how to grip and throw.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
The antagonist who had come in answer to the giant's challenge was less extravagant in appearance and more compact in form.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
To his latent, cruel smile she replied with brilliant challenge.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

In poetry:

Don Diego de Ordonez
Sallied forth in front of all,
And shouted loud his challenge
To the warders on the wall.
"The Challenge. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Wildered sorely, wildered sorely,
In oblivion mouldering,
To be challenged now for music
That the dead were wont to sing!
"The Old Piano" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
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
The poverty-stricken millions
Who challenge our wine and bread,
And impeach us all as traitors,
Both the living and the dead.
"The Challenge. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No other voice nor sound is there,
In the army of the grave;
No other challenge breaks the air,
But the rushing of Life's wave.
"Voices Of The Night : The Beleaguered City" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When Mussolini challenged us,
He knew the weakness of the men;
To feed and pat them on the back
Was all, to get them in the pen.
"The Brutal Crime" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

In news:

How will our still divided government deal with our mounting threats and challenges.
We're a nonprofit that provides an array of employment and training, behavioral-health and residential community-support services for people experiencing mental, physical, developmental and emotional challenges.
At the heart of the ATA 's challenge to the new rules — scheduled to take effect in July 2013 — are changes to the 34-hour weekly restart provision.
ATA president and CEO Nicholas Calio continues to challenge Europe's ETS.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The second annual Solar Challenge has begun in Chile's Atacama desert , where 15 solar-powered cars rolled out of an old salt mine Thursday.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This opinion piece by Sun columnist Jim Porter originally ran in the Sept 28, 2012, edition of the Sierra Sun, but due to technological challenges, it was never was published online until now.
We're watching the meltdown of another story that was too good to be true, too vivid and contemporary to challenge: the runaway California Prius.
Joshua Wade, 17, of Colebrook, is both the 2011 Vex Robotics World Champion in the Programming Skills Challenge and The Robotics Skills Challenge.
Democratic US Sen Tom Carper of Delaware has easily won re-election to a third term, beating back challenges from Republican and Independent challengers.
Through the Challenge Home program and its original Builders Challenge specifications, DOE said it has certified more than 13,500 homes that are saving consumers more than $10 million each year.
The author explains the current status of India, the challenges, and recommendations that may alleviate these challenges.
Rachel's Challenge: Corydon Central High School steps to the challenge.
Rachel's Challenge: Corydon Central accepts the challenge.
The US Department of Energy ( DOE ) has decided to change the Builders Challenge program's name to the DOE Challenge Home.
After mounting a tough challenge against San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry , challenger James Ramos notched a victory in the 3rd District supervisorial race in the Tuesday, Nov 6 election.

In science:

It can be seen that the rate is at the range of O(1) events per kg of CsI(Tl) per day [≡ “pkd”]3 at about 100 keV threshold at a reactor neutrino flux of 1013 cm−2 s−1 , which poses formidable experimental challenge in terms of background control.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
As a result, the experimental challenge becomes much more focussed - the control and understanding of the internal radio-purity and long-lived cosmic-induced background of the CsI(Tl) crystal itself.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The experimental challenge is focussed and therefore more elaborate procedures can be deployed to study and enhance the radio-purity of this one material as the experiment evolves.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The extraction of the full scattering amplitude (moduli and phases of A(k , θ) and B (k , θ)) from measurements is a very challenging question in quantum mechanics and intimately related to the longstanding phase problem in structure physics.
Violation of pseudospin symmetry in nucleon-nucleus scattering: exact relations
Here we challenge this conventional point of view based on a mathematical proof.
Critical behavior of n-vector model with quenched randomness