• War-dance Performed by Egyptian Soldiers Before A Battle
    War-dance Performed by Egyptian Soldiers Before A Battle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v war make or wage war
    • n war a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious "the war on poverty","the war against crime"
    • n war the waging of armed conflict against an enemy "thousands of people were killed in the war"
    • n war an active struggle between competing entities "a price war","a war of wits","diplomatic warfare"
    • n war a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply "war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The veteran of the Spanish-American war The veteran of the Spanish-American war
Their last war Their last war
"Led four war parties." Dakota drawing "Led four war parties." Dakota drawing
Success of war party. Pima Success of war party. Pima
Off to the War 019 Off to the War 019

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar an England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes
    • War (Law) A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason.
    • War A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities. "Men will ever distinguish war from mere bloodshed."
    • War a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility. "Raised impious war in heaven.""The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart."
    • War Forces; army. "On their embattled ranks the waves return,
      And overwhelm their war ."
    • War Instruments of war. "His complement of stores, and total war ."
    • War The profession of arms; the art of war. "Thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth."
    • War To carry on, as a contest; to wage. "That thou . . . mightest war a good warfare."
    • War To contend; to strive violently; to fight. "Lusts which war against the soul."
    • War To make war upon; to fight. "To war the Scot, and borders to defend."
    • War To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence. "Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it.""Why should I war without the walls of Troy?""Our countrymen were warring on that day!"
    • a War Ware; aware.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Hundred Years War lasted for 116 years
    • n war A contest beween nations or states (international war), or between parties in the same state (civil war), carried on by force of arms. International or public war is always understood to be authorized by the sovereign powers of the nations engaged in it; when it is carried into the territories of the antagonist it is called an aggressive or offensive war, and when carried on to resist such aggression it is called defensive. Certain usages or rights of war have come to be generally recognized and defined under the name of the Laws of War, which in general (but subject to some humane restrictions which in recent times have been greatly increased) permit the destruction or capture of armed enemies, the destruction of property likely to be serviceablo to them, the stoppage of all their channels of traffic, and the appropriation of everything in an enemy's country necessary for the support and subsistence of the invading army. On the other hand, though an enemy may be starved into surrender, wounding, except in battle, mutilation, and all cruel and wanton devastation are contrary to the usages of war, as are also bombarding an unprotected town, the use of poison in any way, and torture to extort information from an enemy: but it is admitted that an enemy may be put to death for certain acts which are in themselves not criminal, and it may be even highly patriotic and praiseworthy, but are injurious to the invaders, such as firing on the invaders although not regularly enrolled in an organized military force, or seeking to impair the invaders' lines of communication.
    • n war A state of active opposition, hostility, or contest: as, to be at war (that is, engaged in active hostilities).
    • n war Any kind of contest or conflict; contention; strife: as, a wordy war.
    • n war The profession of arms; the art of war.
    • n war Forces; army. Compare battle.
    • n war Warlike outfit.
    • n war Specifically— In Roman history, the war between Sulla and Marius (commencing 88 b. c.) or that between Pompey and Cæsar (commencing 49 b. c.)
    • n war In English history, the war of the great rebellion. See rebellion.
    • n war In United States history, the war of secession. See secession.
    • war To make or carry on war; carry on hostilities; fight.
    • war To contend; strive violently; be in a state of opposition.
    • war To make war upon; oppose, as in war; contend against.
    • war To carry on, as a contest.
    • war Same as worse.
    • war To defeat; worst.
    • war A Middle English form of ware.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is estimated that over fifty-four million people died in World War II, which was the bloodiest war in history
    • n War wawr a state of opposition or contest: a contest between states carried on by arms: open hostility: the profession of arms:
    • v.i War to make war: to contend: to fight:—pr.p. war′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. warred
    • adj War wawr (Spens.) worse
    • v.t War (Scot.) to defeat
    • n War wawr (rare) army, warlike preparations, warlike outfit
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  • Havelock Ellis
    “There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it.”
  • Joseph Wood Krutch
    Joseph Wood Krutch
    “What a man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants.”
  • Paramahansa Yogananda
    Paramahansa Yogananda
    “There are always two forces warring against each other within us.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Peace may cost as much as war, but it is a better buy.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “War is like love, it always finds a way.”
  • Francis Meehan
    Francis Meehan
    “Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.”


Act of war - An act of war is a action that is either intended to start a war or that is interpreted as being sufficient cause for a war.
All's fair in love and war - This idiom is used to say that where there is conflict, people can be expected to behave in a more vicious way.
Been in the wars - (UK) If someone has been in the wars, they have been hurt or look as if they have been in a struggle.
Don't mention the war - This means that you shouldn't speak about things that could cause an argument or tension.This idiom was used in a classic episode of the much-loved British comedy series Fawlty Towers. As a consequence if you use this phrase in Britain, listeners will understand you to be referring to Germans, or just start laughing.
Turf war - If people or organisations are fighting for control of something, it is a turf war.
War chest - A war chest is a fund that can be used to finance a campaign like and election or for use in emergencies or unexpected times of difficulty.
War of words - A war of words is a bitter argument between people or organisations, etc.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. & AS. werre,; akin to OHG. werra, scandal, quarrel, sedition, werran, to confound, mix, D. warren, G. wirren, verwirren, to embroil, confound, disturb, and perhaps to E. worse,; cf. OF. werre, war, F. querre, of Teutonic origin. Cf. Guerrilla Warrior
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. werre, influenced by O. Fr. werre (Fr. guerre), which is from Old High Ger. werra, quarrel.


In literature:

The War of the American Revolution became therefore a maritime war, the first since the conflicts with the Dutch in the 17th century.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
On April 24, 1915, the Prussian Ministry of War issued a new set of regulations respecting the maintenance of prisoners of war.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
I had a boy fit in this last war (World War).
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
War at this time broke out with the AEquians, a neighboring people; but for this war the AEquians were to blame.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
If the country wants war, let it have war, but let it first find out if the country does want war.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
One of the cleverest bits of work in the whole war was done by four boat-crews from two men-of-war on the Charleston station.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
After the French War, after Pontiac's War, it was the same.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Villele, like King Louis XVIII., was opposed to war, but he might easily be forced to adopt the war policy which was popular with his party.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
If he were German he would remember that the war tax had been L74,700,000, and that the war had cost L2,770,000,000.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
The entire war has been a miracle, and without faith it would have been childish to commence the war.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell

In poetry:

Of love and song and warring,
Of adventure and play,
Of art and comely building,
Of faith and form and fray--
"Poppies on Ludlow Castle" by Willa Sibert Cather
"Patience, love!--keep heart! keep hope!
To your weary rover,
What a home our home will be,
When the war is over!"
"When The War Is Over" by Margaret Junkin Preston
Also the brethren,
King and Atheling,
Each in his glory,
Went to his own in his own West-Saxonland,
Glad of the war.
"Battle Of Brunanburgh" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Gin it fear you sair, my mither dear,
Your bidding I maun dee;
But be never war to White Lilly
Than ye ha been to me."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
"Gin it fear you sair, my mither dear,
Your bidding I maun dee;
But be never war to Rose the Red
Than ye ha been to me."
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
Instead of these the little lives
Will blossom as before,
Pale bloom of creatures all too weak
To hear the light of war.
"Peace -- November 11, 1918" by General George S Patton Jnr

In news:

Adam Hochschild's "To End All Wars," on World War I.
The War To End All Wars.
More costly than 'the war to end all wars'.
The sooner we can exit the existing wars and not become mired in future wars, the better.
" Foyle 's War" was a series based during World War II and set in the English countryside.
Justice Richard Goldstone , at a Brandeis University forum, defended the UN report on war crimes committed by Israel and Hamas in the Gaza war.
This is the wish of Delano resident Walter Grotz, a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war (POW).
A war on 'War on Drugs.
Thomas Caskey who headed up the war hospital held at the University of Mississippi during the Civil War.
We know we can hold our own in the pastrami wars (a cold war that often threatens to go hot.
As a child growing up during World War II, retired Navy and Vietnam war veteran Robert Smith was fascinated by the cinema.
War Tax should be War Profiteer Tax by brian_hewitt.
Instead of a general tax to fund the war(s) we should consider a tax on those companies and corporations that have profited the most from our being at war.
While some debate whether the war in Iraq was or was not "about oil," another war, this one involving little but oil, has broken out between two of the world's most powerful nations.
A US military war tribunal is weighing a question that might seem better suited for a history class than a courtroom: How long has the United States been at war.

In science:

Warfield, Jr., An introduction to noncommutative Noetherian rings, 2nd ed., LMSST 61, Cambridge Univ.
Azumaya-type noncommutative spaces and morphisms therefrom: Polchinski's D-branes in string theory from Grothendieck's viewpoint
Remark that, in this case the description of the Poisson boundary war earlier obtained by Kaimanovich .
A note on the Poisson boundary of lamplighter random walks
Warfield, Simple modules and primitive algebras with arbitrary Gelfand-Kirillov Dimension, J.
Simple algebra with arbitrary odd Gelfand-Kirillov dimension
Warfield, Affine algebras of GelfandKirillov Dimension one are PI, Math.
Simple algebra with arbitrary odd Gelfand-Kirillov dimension
Using the action of α and β , the words wqa and wqb are in the same G∨ -orbit for all q ∈ Q, and similarly war and wbr are in the same G∨ -orbit for all r ∈ Q.
Groups defined by automata