Com"bat (? or ?; 277), v. i.
[imp. & p. p. Combated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Combating.] [F. combattre; pref.
com- + battre to beat, fr. L. battuere to
strike. See Batter.] To struggle or contend, as with
an opposing force; to fight.
To combat with a blind man I disdain.
After the fall of the republic, the Romans
combated only for the choice of masters.
Com"bat, v. t. To fight with;
to oppose by force, argument, etc.; to contend against; to
When he the ambitious Norway combated.
And combated in silence all these
Minds combat minds, repelling and
Syn. -- To fight against; resist; oppose; withstand;
oppugn; antagonize; repel; resent.
Com"bat, n. [Cf. F. combat.]
1. A fight; a contest of violence; a
struggle for supremacy.
My courage try by combat, if thou
The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow
was fought in Paulina.
2. (Mil.) An engagement of no
great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not
Single combat, one in which a single
combatant meets a single opponent, as in the case of David and
Goliath; also, a duel.
Syn. -- A battle; engagement; conflict; contest;
contention; struggle; fight, strife. See Battle,