1. A battle; an engagement; a contest in arms; a combat; a violent conflict or struggle for victory, between individuals or between armies, ships, or navies, etc.
Who now defies thee thrice to single fight. --Milton.
2. A struggle or contest of any kind.
3. Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity; as, he has a great deal of fight in him. [Colloq.]
4. A screen for the combatants in ships. [Obs.]
Up with your fights, and your nettings prepare. --Dryden.
Running fight, a fight in which the enemy is continually chased; also, one which continues without definite end or result.
Syn: -- Combat; engagement; contest; struggle; encounter; fray; affray; action; conflict. See Battle.
Fight v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fought p. pr. & vb. n. Fighting.]
1. To strive or contened for victory, with armies or in single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; -- followed by with or against.
You do fight against your country's foes. --Shak.
To fight with thee no man of arms will deign. --Milton.
2. To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.
To fight shy, to avoid meeting fairly or at close quarters; to keep out of reach.
Fight, v. t.
1. To carry on, or wage, as a conflict, or battle; to win or gain by struggle, as one's way; to sustain by fighting, as a cause.
He had to fight his way through the world. --Macaulay.
I have fought a good fight. --2 Tim. iv. 7.
2. To contend with in battle; to war against; as, they fought the enemy in two pitched battles; the sloop fought the frigate for three hours.
3. To cause to fight; to manage or maneuver in a fight; as, to fight cocks; to fight one's ship.
To fight it out, to fight until a decisive and conclusive result is reached.
n 1: the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke
out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the
streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
[syn: fighting, combat, scrap]
2: an intense verbal dispute; "a violent fight over the bill is
expected in the Senate"
3: a boxing match; "the fight was on television last night"
4: a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course
of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of
Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when
he got into a real engagement" [syn: battle, conflict,
5: an aggressive willingness to compete; "the team was full of
fight" [syn: competitiveness]
v 1: be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen
fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting" [syn:
2: fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would
oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!" [syn: oppose, fight
back, fight down, defend]
3: make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years
to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath" [syn:
4: exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to
gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or
person; be an advocate for; "The liberal party pushed for
reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean
is pushing for his favorite candidate" [syn: crusade, press,
campaign, push, agitate]