, n. [OF. encontre, fr. encontrer. See Encounter, v. t.] 1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
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To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd.
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2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter.
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As one for . . . fierce encounters fit
. Spenser.
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To join their dark encounter in mid-air
. Milton.

Syn. -- Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter; attack; engagement; onset. See Contest.
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