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fighting 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, warring]
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]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. engaged in war or other conflict
  2. apt to provoke a fight
    • 1925 April 11, "Books", in The New Yorker, page 26,
      It seems like a fighting insult, but he explains.
    • 1947, Hold That Lion! (film),
      Them's fighting words in my country!
    • 2003, Marjorie Kelly, The Divine Right of Capital: Dethroning the Corporate Aristocracy, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, ISBN 1576752372, page xi,
      Those are fighting words, of course, and the people who presently hold the high ground of economic power in society will not be amused.


engaged in a fight


  1. present participle of fight

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Combat, or fighting, is purposeful violent conflict intended to establish dominance over the opposition.
The term "combat" (French for fight) typically refers to armed conflict between military forces in warfare, whereas the more general term "fighting" can refer to any violent conflict, including boxing and wrestling matches, or street fighting. Combat violence can be unilateral, whereas fighting implies at least a defensive reaction. However, the terms are often used synonymously.
Combat may take place under a certain set of rules or be unregulated. Examples of rules include the Geneva Conventions (covering the treatment of soldiers in war), medieval Chivalry, and the Marquess of Queensberry rules (covering boxing).
Combat in warfare involves two or more opposing military organizations, usually fighting for nations at war (although guerrilla warfare and suppression of insurgencies can fall outside this definition). Warfare falls under the laws of war, which govern its purposes and conduct, and protect the rights of soldiers and non-combatants.
Combat may be armed (using weapons) or unarmed (not using weapons). Hand-to-hand combat (mêlée) is combat at very close range, feeling the opponent with the body (striking, kicking, strangling, etc.) and/or with a mêlée weapon (knives, swords, batons, etc.), as opposed to firing.
Hand-to-hand combat can be further divided into three sections depending on the distance and positioning of the combatants:
fighting in German: Gefecht
fighting in French: Combat
fighting in Portuguese: Combate
fighting in Romanian: Luptă
fighting in Slovak: Boj
fighting in Serbian: Борба
fighting in Swedish: Slagsmål
fighting in Ukrainian: Бій

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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