• WordNet 3.6
    • v contest to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation "They contested the outcome of the race"
    • n contest a struggle between rivals
    • n contest an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
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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
    • Contest Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation. "Leave all noisy contests , all immodest clamors and brawling language."
    • Contest Earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.; competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat; encounter. "The late battle had, in effect, been a contest between one usurper and another.""It was fully expected that the contest there would be long and fierce."
    • v. i Contest To engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive; to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by with. "The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory.""Of man, who dares in pomp with Jove contest ?"
    • Contest To make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to controvert; to oppose; to dispute. "The people . . . contested not what was done.""Few philosophical aphorisms have been more frequenty repeated, few more contested than this."
    • Contest (Law) To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist; as a claim, by course of law; to controvert.
    • Contest To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first modern Olympiad was held in Athens in 1896. 484 contestants from 13 nations participated.
    • contest To make a subject of emulation, contention, or dispute; enter into a competition for; compete or strive for: as, to contest a prize; to contest an election (see contested).
    • contest To contend or strive for in arms; fight or do battle for; strive to win or hold; struggle to defend: as, the troops contested every inch of ground.
    • contest To argue in opposition to; controvert; litigate; oppose; call in question; challenge; dispute: as, the advocate contested every point; his right to the property was contested in the courts.
    • contest Synonyms. To debate, challenge.
    • contest To strive; contend; dispute: followed by with.
    • contest To vie; strive in rivalry.
    • n contest Strife; struggle for victory or superiority, or in defense; a struggle in arms.
    • n contest Dispute; debate; controversy; strife in argument; disagreement.
    • n contest Synonyms Conflict, Combat, etc. (see battle), encounter. See strife.2. Altercation; dissension; quarrel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A man named John Bellavia has entered over 5000 contests, and has never won a thing.
    • v.t Contest kon-test′ to call in question or make the subject of dispute: to strive for
    • n Contest a struggle for superiority: strife: debate
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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
F. contester, fr. L. contestari, to call to witness, contestari litem, to introduce a lawsuit by calling witnesses, to bring an action; con-, + testari, to be a witness, testic, witness. See Testify
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 New York it was the occasion of riots, of mobs, and of violent contests.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
In New England as a whole, the contest is less in evidence.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
Fragments of shells, haversacks, knapsacks, and the like, told how hotly the ground had been contested on the previous day.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
McArthur drew his brigade back out of the contest, halted, and obtained ammunition and rations.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
Montcalm's force now advanced to the beach, and the contest waxed hotter.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Next year not one-half the fields now whitened by the rich growth of cotton will be cultivated if this unhappy contest goes on.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The contests which arose from the discussion of religious ideas did not close with the sixteenth century.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Henceforth the contest would be changed.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
The battle was hotly contested for more than an hour, and then the Tories retreated through the swamp.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
He loved power, both the contest for it and its exercise.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing

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
Let wits contest,
And with their words and posies windows fill:
Lesse than the least
Of all thy mercies, is my posie still.
"The Posie" by George Herbert
There 's not a beauty
But for victory will endeavour
When among Rome's fairest daughters
Such a prize shall be contested.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Though secret lusts, with hid contest,
By heavy groans reveal'd,
And devil's rage; yet, do their best
Thy Husband keeps the field.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
"Here shall the bloody contest end,
Let peace o'erspread the land;
More homage than the conqueror's sword
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
In music, in song, and in friendship,
In contests by night and by day,
By all who knew it was given to me
That I bore the branch away.
"A Connachtman" by Padraic Colum

In news:

On Tuesday, Oct 25, Toni Vanover, the branch manager/senior librarian of the Boca Grande Reference Room and Library, announced the winners of the 2011 Bookmark Design Contest.
Boca Grande students win in bookmark contest.
You can find the booklet at along with a video contest to help raise awareness.
Download an entry form or see your local Borders store for specific contest entry details.
These are the finalists in the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance photo contest for 2012.
A majority of the Institute's bot contestants dodged Twitter's searchlights, and a recent estimate pegged more than 40 percent of Barack Obama's recent followers as fakes.
Tim Hwang works for the company that created the contest's bot -code.
The hotly-contested election for Selma's mayoral post hinged not on the number of polling places won by a particular candidate, but by the margin of victory in each of Selma's 17 precincts.
Baritone wins Met Opera's regional contest.
Man dies after eating roaches and worms in contest.
The contest was between G. Adolphus Rochester, a Confederate veteran and long-time resident of the city, and Araminta Scruggs, a widow who claimed Rochester had promised to marry her but backed out of the deal.
"I don't want America to think I wasn't ready," said 'Duets' contestant J Rome just before taking the stage with Jennifer Nettles for the first perform of tonight's live episode of the popular reality competition show.
Contest went to the dogs This month's photo contest, "Canine Capers " drew 15 contestants.
Three city commissioners face contested races declared, held, district, races, candidacy, position, house, mayor, incumbent, contested.
Both the Democrat and Republican ballots have contested races for township treasurer and four trustee seats, and Republicans also have a contested primary for township clerk.

In science:

To fix notation, we use the word rating when we have a cardinal ranking, that is, not only do we have an ordering of the contestants, but also a measure of the intensities of the differences among them.
Ranking Participants in Tournaments by means of Rating Functions
In Section 6 we put rare kaon decays in the broader contest of flavor physics.
Kaons: Review and Outlook
This argument has been contested by the authors of Ref. and the conflict remains to be settled.
Long range gravity tests and the Pioneer anomaly
Ives’ arguments were contested by later authors.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
Contact, W UMa, binaries earn first prize in the “well, you can’t have formed that way” contest.
Astrophysics in 2006