Encounter En*coun"ter, 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. [1913 Webster]

To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter. [1913 Webster]

As one for . . . fierce encounters fit. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

To join their dark encounter in mid-air. --Milton .

Syn: Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter; attack; engagement; onset. See {Contest}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Encounter — may mean:*Encounter (Christian event), an annual Christian worship event in Preston, UK * Encounter (magazine), a literary magazine *Encounter killing, a type of extrajudicial killings in which police shoot down gangsters in alleged police… …   Wikipedia

  • Encounter — En*coun ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Encountered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Encountering}.] [OF. encontrer; pref. en (L. in) + contre against, L. contra. See {Counter}, adv.] To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by chance, suddenly, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encounter — vb *meet, face, confront Analogous words: collide, conflict, clash, *bump: brave, beard, defy, challenge (see FACE) encounter n Encounter, skirmish, brush. In their military senses (compare BATTLE) an encounter is a sudden hostile meeting that is …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Encounter — bezeichnet: einen britischen Zerstörer der E Klasse im Zweiten Weltkriegs, siehe HMS Encounter (H10) einen Fachbegriff aus der Psychologie, siehe Encounter (Psychologie) eine britische Zeitschrift für Kulturschaffende, siehe Encounter… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • encounter — [n1] chance meeting appointment, brush, concurrence, confrontation, interview, rendezvous; concept 384 Ant. avoidance, evasion, retreat encounter [n2] fight, argument action, battle, bout, brush, clash, collision, combat, conflict, contention,… …   New thesaurus

  • Encounter — En*coun ter, v. i. To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies encountered at Waterloo. [1913 Webster] I will encounter with Andronicus. Shak. [1913 Webster] Perception and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • encounter — Ⅰ. encounter UK US /ɪnˈkaʊntər/ verb [T] ► to experience a situation, especially something that is unexpected or unpleasant: »We encountered a problem with the fuel pump during safety tests. »This is the first time I have encountered racism at… …   Financial and business terms

  • encounter — index affray, affront, assail, assault, belligerency, collide (clash), collision (accident) …   Law dictionary

  • encounter — (n.) late 13c., meeting of adversaries, from O.Fr. encontrer confront, from encontre (prep. and adv.) against, counter to, from L.L. incontra in front of, from L. in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + contra against (see CONTRA (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • encounter — ► VERB ▪ unexpectedly meet or be faced with. ► NOUN 1) an unexpected or casual meeting. 2) a confrontation or difficult struggle. ORIGIN originally in the sense «meet as an adversary»: from Old French encontrer, from Latin contra against …   English terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”