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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·coun·ter /ɪnˈkaʊntɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·coun·ter, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]