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.
1. Qualified for war; fit for battle.
An host of fighting men. --2 Chron. xxvi. 11.
2. Occupied in war; being the scene of a battle; as, a fighting field.
A fighting chance, one dependent upon the issue of a struggle. [Colloq.]
Fighting crab Zool., the fiddler crab.
Fighting fish Zool., a remarkably pugnacious East Indian fish (Betta pugnax), reared by the Siamese for spectacular fish fights.
adj 1: engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; "on
active duty"; "the platoon is combat-ready"; "review
the fighting forces" [syn: active, combat-ready, fighting(a)]
2: engaged in war; "belligerent (or warring) nations"; "a
fighting war" [syn: belligerent, militant, war-ridden,
3: disposed to loud disagreements and fighting [syn: brawling]
n : 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: fight, combat, scrap]