, n. [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.] 1. A fight or fighting; contest; strife. [Archaic]
[1913 Webster]

On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore.
R. of Gloucester.
[1913 Webster]

But question fierce and proud reply
Gave signal soon of dire debate.
Sir W. Scott.
[1913 Webster]

2. 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.
[1913 Webster]

Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate.
[1913 Webster]

3. Subject of discussion. [R.]
[1913 Webster]

Statutes and edicts concerning this debate.
[1913 Webster]


New - Add Dictionary Search to Your Site

You can add a free dictionary search box to your own web site by copying and pasting the following HTML into one of your web pages:

<form action="" method="post">
 <p style="text-align: center; font-family: sans-serif;">
  <a style="font-weight: bold;" href=""
     title="FreeDict free online dictionary">FreeDict</a>
  <input type="text" name="word" size="20" value="" />
  <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Search Dictionary" />


a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Tue 26th January 2021