• WordNet 3.6
    • v debate argue with one another "We debated the question of abortion","John debated Mary"
    • v debate have an argument about something
    • v debate discuss the pros and cons of an issue
    • v debate think about carefully; weigh "They considered the possibility of a strike","Turn the proposal over in your mind"
    • n debate a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
    • n debate the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st televised presidential debate was September 26, 1960, between Nixon and Kennedy.
    • Debate A fight or fighting; contest; strife. "On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore.""But question fierce and proud reply
      Gave signal soon of dire debate ."
    • Debate Contention in words or arguments; discussion for the purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or in Congress. "Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate ."
    • Debate Subject of discussion. "Statutes and edicts concerning this debate ."
    • Debate To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against. "A wise council . . . that did debate this business.""Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself."
    • Debate To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind; -- often followed by on or upon. "He presents that great soul debating upon the subject of life and death with his intimate friends."
    • Debate To engage in combat for; to strive for. "Volunteers . . . thronged to serve under his banner, and the cause of religion was debated with the same ardor in Spain as on the plains of Palestine."
    • Debate To engage in strife or combat; to fight. "Well could he tourney and in lists debate ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • debate To engage in combat; fight; do battle.
    • debate To dispute; contend.
    • debate To deliberate together; discuss or argue; also, reflect; consider.
    • debate To fight or contend for; battle for, as with arms.
    • debate To contend about in argument; argue for or against; discuss; dispute: as, the question was debated till a late hour.
    • debate To reflect upon; consider; think.
    • debate Synonyms Argue, Dispute, Debate, etc. See argue.
    • n debate Strife; contention; contest; fight; quarrel.
    • n debate Contention by argument; discussion; dispute; controversy: as, forensic debates.
    • n debate Subject of discussion.
    • debate To abate; lower.
    • debate To abate; fall off.
    • n debate Debasement; degradation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Debate de-bāt′ a contention in words or argument:
    • v.t Debate to contend for in argument:
    • v.i Debate to deliberate: to join in debate
    • n Debate de-bāt′ (obs.) strife
    • v.t Debate (arch.) to fight for
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.”
  • Emil Ludwig
    Emil Ludwig
    “Debate is the death of conversation.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.”
  • Christopher Lasch
    Christopher Lasch
    “Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. debatre, F. débattre,; L. de, + batuere, to beat. See Batter (v. t.), and cf. Abate


In literature:

He proposed to meet Luther in public debate.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
He did not accept the suggestion that he take Roosevelt on a buffalo hunt, without debate.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
There were no reporters nor any publication of debates.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
And all questions of order shall be decided by the President, without appeal or debate.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He was great in council and great in debate.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Over these measures the debate was long and hot.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
What does Sir Robert think of the temper of the House of Commons, and of the debate in the House of Lords?
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
It is easy to interest boys in speaking, in orations, in debates.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
All the long debate of the afternoon began to fight itself out again in the shrinking mind.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But debate it; and he will, he must, debate as warmly for it.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose

In poetry:

She clad herself in courtly use,
And one who heard them prate
Had said they differed upon views
Where statecraft raised debate.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Thus with the Gods debate began,
On such a trivial cause as man.
And can Celestial tempers rage!
(Quoth Virgil in a later age.)
"An Allegory On Man" by Thomas Parnell
Inquisition of mountain peaks
Is nothing when the desert speaks
With winds of fury sweeping home
The points debated by the loam.
"Skirmish" by Norman MacLeod
Is it possible
That so high debate,
So sharp, so sore, and of such rate,
Should end so soon and was begun so late?
Is it possible?
"Is It Possible" by Thomas Wyatt
"Peace, lordings, peace," Sir Gawaine sayd,
"Nor make debate and strife;
This lothlye ladye I will take,
And marry her to my wife."
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
And—I remarked—though whilst debating,
'Twas settled what they sought,
There was completest vindicating
Of unrestricted thought.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin

In news:

This week, Colorado Gov John Hickenlooper generated a storm of debate after declaring that it was time to start debating gun control measures.
Enlarge Chris Clark State representative David Nathan debates during the right to work vote inside the House chamber at the Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. See links to other debates below.
The debate took place a little more than a week after President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney met in the first of their three debates — an encounter that has fueled a Republican comeback in opinion polls.
Candidates for Colonie Town Board gathered for a debate Tuesday that featured very little debating .
Still need one last debate fix following the final presidential debate last night.
Join Politics Now's Debate of the Debate live at 3 pm PDT today.
Debating the final presidential debate .
Join Politics Now's Debate of the Debate , featuring Los Angeles Times columnist.
But hey, they've been entertaining, and since we love a good debate , this week's Variations on a Theme is Debate Week.
Liberal columnist Michael Hilzik debates conservative blogger Jon Fleischman over the second presidential debate .
The second Obama-Romney debate featured much more spirited exchanges than debate No.
It qualified as a ' debate ' about as much as me and Jann Wenner debating whether Grand Master Flash, Patti Smith, Abba and Madonna should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame instead of KISS, Grand Funk Railroad and me.
IP candidate Tom Horner (left to right), Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton debate education issues at a Twin Cities Public Television debate on Thursday, Sept 23, 2010.
For those who cannot watch the Vice Presidential Debate inside of Centre College, the school is hosting a Debate Festival outside for the community.
Send "Debate team places second at the Hutchinson Invitational Debate Tournament" to a friend.

In science:

Thus, the general validity of the relevance criterion implied by Harris’ argument has recently been the ob ject of some debate, see, e.g., Refs. 66–68.
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
In the context of the dynamical triangulations approach to quantum gravity, there has been some debate on how to properly define (connected) correlators on an ensemble of random graphs, see, e.g., Ref. 69.
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
Although the ESF phase and FL phase at the two extreme distances are well established, the picture of how the ESF phase evolves into the two weakly-coupled FL states is still not clear, namely, the nature of the intermediate phase at dc1 < d < dc2 is still under debate.
Mutual Composite Fermion and composite Boson approaches to balanced and imbalanced bilayer quantum Hall system: an electronic analogy of the Helium 4 system
The quest for ultimate explanation” makes the debate on reductionism popular and within the reach of everybody.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Whether this is desirable may be debatable, but it is a necessary consequence of the modal approach.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents