Com"bat, n. [Cf. F. combat.] 1. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.
My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st.Shak.
The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in Paulina.Shak.
(Mil.) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies.
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, Contest.
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