En·coun·ter v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encountered p. pr. & vb. n. Encountering.] To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a truth.
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics, encountered him. --Acts xvii. 18.
I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you. --Shak.
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.
I will encounter with Andronicus. --Shak.
Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation of all truth, have in the first place to encounter with particulars. --Tatham.
1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or incidental meeting; an interview.
To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd. --Pope.
2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a battle; as, a bloody encounter.
As one for . . . fierce encounters fit. --Spenser.
To join their dark encounter in mid-air. --Milton.
Syn: -- Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter; attack; engagement; onset. See Contest.
n 1: a minor short-term fight [syn: brush, clash, skirmish]
2: a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers
their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in
the hallway" [syn: meeting]
3: a casual meeting with a person of thing [syn: coming upon]
4: a hostile disagreement face-to-face [syn: confrontation, showdown,
v 1: come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How
nice to see you again!" [syn: meet, ran into, run
across, come across, see]
2: come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea
in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not
very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book
in the bookstore the other day" [syn: find, happen, chance,
3: be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial
difficulties" [syn: run into]
4: experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much
opposition" [syn: meet, receive]
5: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle;
"Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to
play Mary" [syn: meet, play, take on]