Single combat
Combat Com"bat, n. [Cf. F. combat.] 1. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy. [1913 Webster]

My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was fought in Paulina. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in which the parties engaged are not armies. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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