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Battle vs. Contest

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Battlenoun

A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.

Contestnoun

(uncountable) Controversy; debate.

‘no contest’;

Battlenoun

A struggle; a contest.

‘the battle of life’;

Contestnoun

(uncountable) Struggle for superiority; combat.

Battlenoun

A division of an army; a battalion.

Contestnoun

(countable) A competition.

‘The child entered the spelling contest.’;

Battlenoun

(obsolete) The main body, as distinct from the vanguard and rear; battalia.

Contestverb

(intransitive) To contend.

‘I will contest for the open seat on the board.’;

Battleverb

(intransitive) To join in battle; to contend in fight

‘Scientists always battle over theories.’; ‘She has been battling against cancer for years.’;

Contestverb

(transitive) To call into question; to oppose.

‘The rival contested the dictator's re-election because of claims of voting irregularities.’;

Battleverb

(transitive) To fight or struggle; to enter into a battle with.

‘She has been battling cancer for years.’;

Contestverb

(transitive) To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend.

‘The troops contested every inch of ground.’;

Battleverb

To nourish; feed.

Contestverb

(legal) To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist, as a claim, by course of law; to controvert.

Battleverb

To render (for example soil) fertile or fruitful

Contestverb

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.’;

Battleadjective

Improving; nutritious; fattening.

‘battle grass, battle pasture’;

Contestverb

To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground.

Battleadjective

Fertile; fruitful.

‘battle soil, battle land’;

Contestverb

To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist; as a claim, by course of law; to controvert.

Battleadjective

Fertile. See Battel, a.

Contestverb

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?’;

Battlenoun

A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement; a combat.

Contestnoun

Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation.

‘Leave all noisy contests, all immodest clamors and brawling language.’;

Battlenoun

A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.

‘The whole intellectual battle that had at its center the best poem of the best poet of that day.’;

Contestnoun

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.’;

Battlenoun

A division of an army; a battalion.

‘The king divided his army into three battles.’; ‘The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the battle, and on it alone depended the fate of every action.’;

Contestnoun

an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

Battlenoun

The main body, as distinct from the van and rear; battalia.

Contestnoun

a struggle between rivals

Battleverb

To join in battle; to contend in fight; as, to battle over theories.

‘To meet in arms, and battle in the plain.’;

Contestverb

to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation;

‘They contested the outcome of the race’;

Battleverb

To assail in battle; to fight.

Contestnoun

an event in which people compete for supremacy in a sport or other activity, or in a quality

‘a tennis contest’;

Battlenoun

a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war;

‘Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga’; ‘he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement’;

Contestnoun

a competition for a political position

‘a leadership contest’;

Battlenoun

an energetic attempt to achieve something;

‘getting through the crowd was a real struggle’; ‘he fought a battle for recognition’;

Contestnoun

a dispute or conflict

‘a contest between traditional and liberal views’;

Battlenoun

an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals);

‘the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph’; ‘police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs’;

Contestverb

engage in competition to attain (a position of power)

‘she declared her intention to contest the presidency’;

Battleverb

battle or contend against in or as if in a battle;

‘The Kurds are combating Iraqi troops in Nothern Iraq’; ‘We must combat the prejudices against other races’; ‘they battled over the budget’;

Contestverb

take part in (a competition or election)

‘a coalition was formed to contest the presidential elections’;

Battle

A battle is an occurrence of combat in warfare between opposing military units of any number or size. A war usually consists of multiple battles.

Contestverb

oppose (an action or theory) as mistaken or wrong

‘the former chairman contests his dismissal’;

Contestverb

engage in dispute about

‘the issues have been hotly contested’;

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