from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.
  • n. The period of such conflict.
  • n. The techniques and procedures of war; military science.
  • n. A condition of active antagonism or contention: a war of words; a price war.
  • n. A concerted effort or campaign to combat or put an end to something considered injurious: the war against acid rain.
  • intransitive v. To wage or carry on warfare.
  • intransitive v. To be in a state of hostility or rivalry; contend.
  • idiom at war In an active state of conflict or contention.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.
  • n. A particular conflict of this kind.
  • n. By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
  • n. A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt.
  • v. To engage in conflict (may be followed by "with" to specify the foe).
  • v. To carry on, as a contest; to wage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ware; aware.
  • n. A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities.
  • n. A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason.
  • n. Instruments of war.
  • n. Forces; army.
  • n. The profession of arms; the art of war.
  • n. a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
  • intransitive v. To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence.
  • intransitive v. To contend; to strive violently; to fight.
  • transitive v. To make war upon; to fight.
  • transitive v. To carry on, as a contest; to wage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make or carry on war; carry on hostilities; fight.
  • To contend; strive violently; be in a state of opposition.
  • To make war upon; oppose, as in war; contend against.
  • To carry on, as a contest.
  • Same as worse.
  • To defeat; worst.
  • A Middle English form of ware.
  • A Middle English form of were.
  • n. A contest beween nations or states (international war), or between parties in the same state (civil war), carried on by force of arms.
  • n. A state of active opposition, hostility, or contest: as, to be at war (that is, engaged in active hostilities).
  • n. Any kind of contest or conflict; contention; strife: as, a wordy war.
  • n. The profession of arms; the art of war.
  • n. Forces; army. Compare battle.
  • n. Warlike outfit.
  • n. Specifically— In Roman history, the war between Sulla and Marius (commencing 88 b. c.) or that between Pompey and Cæsar (commencing 49 b. c.)
  • n. In English history, the war of the great rebellion. See rebellion.
  • n. In United States history, the war of secession. See secession.
  • n. of 1828–9, ending in the defeat of Turkey;
  • n. of 1853–6 (see Crimean);
  • n. of 1877–8, between Russia and its allies (Rumania, etc.) and Turkey, resulting in the defeat of Turkey and the reconstruction of southeastern Europe.
  • n. 343–341 b. c.
  • n. 326–304 b. c.
  • n. 298–290 b. c., ending in the triumph of Rome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
  • v. make or wage war
  • n. an active struggle between competing entities
  • n. a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
  • n. a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English warre, from Old North French werre, of Germanic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English werre, from Late Old English werre, wyrre "armed conflict" from Old Northern French werre (compare Old French guerre, guerre, whence modern French guerre), from Frankish *werra (“riot, disturbance, quarrel”) from Proto-Germanic *werrō (“mixture, mix-up, confusion”), from Proto-Indo-European *wers- (“to mix up, confuse, beat, thresh”). Akin to Old High German werra ("confusion, strife, quarrel") (German verwirren (“to confuse”)), Old Saxon werran ("to confuse, perplex"), Dutch war ("confusion, disarray"), Old English wyrsa, wiersa ("worse"), Old Norse verri ("worse") (originally "confounded, mixed up"). Compare Latin versus ("against, turned"), past participle of vertere ("turn, change, overthrow, destroy"). More at worse, wurst.



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  • War is a card game for two or more players. It uses a standard Western fifty-two-playing card deck. It is most often played as a children's game, because of its simplicity. The cards are divided evenly, with each player's cards remaining face-down. Each player shows his or her top card; whoever has the highest card takes the other cards shown and places them at the bottom of his or her deck. Aces can be high or low, which should be decided before the game begins. In case of a tie, each player plays three face-down cards and one face-up card, and these face-up cards decide who will receive all the cards. This is called a "war". If there is another tie, the process is repeated, etcetera. In all cases of ties, face-down cards are exposed before being collected. In some variations, smaller numbers of face-down cards are played (for example, one card is placed face down, while the second is played face up). In one blood-thirsty variation, the number of face-down cards equals the pip value of the cards, with face cards being ten and ace eleven.

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