De*bate", n. [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.] 1. A fight or fighting; contest; strife. [Archaic]
On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore.R. of Gloucester.
But question fierce and proud replySir W. Scott.
Gave signal soon of dire debate.
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.
Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate.Pope.
3. Subject of discussion.
Statutes and edicts concerning this debate.Milton.
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