from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A contest between antagonists; a match: a wrestling bout.
- n. A period of time spent in a particular way; a spell: "His tremendous bouts of drinking had wrecked his health” ( Thomas Wolfe).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A period of something, usually painful or unpleasant
- n. A boxing match.
- n. An assault (a fencing encounter) at which the score is kept.
- n. A fighting competition.
- n. A bulge or widening in a musical instrument, such as either of the two characteristic bulges of a guitar.
- n. The going and returning of a plough, or other implement used to mark the ground and create a headland, across a field.
- prep. about
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. As much of an action as is performed at one time; a going and returning, as of workmen in reaping, mowing, etc.; a turn; a round.
- n. A conflict; contest; attempt; trial; a set-to at anything.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A turn, loop, coil, or knot, as in a rope or chain; a bend or flexure.
- n. The part of a sling that contains the stone.
- n. A going and returning, as in plowing, reaping, etc.; hence, as much of an action as is performed at one time; a single part of an action which is carried on at successive intervals.
- n. A round at anything, as in some contest; a set-to; a trial: as, a bout at single-stick or fisticuffs.
- n. A round of indulgence, as in drink: as, a drunken bout.
- n. A turn or fit of illness: as, a severe bout of rheumatism.
- n. In music, an inward curve of a rib of an instrument of the violin kind, by which the waist is formed.
- Same as but.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
- n. a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers)
- n. (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
- n. a period of illness
From obsolete English bought, a turning (influenced by about), from Middle English, from bowen, to bend, turn; see bow2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English bught, probably from an unrecorded Old English variant of byht ("a bend"). See bight, bought. (Wiktionary)
Written form of a reduction of "about". (Wiktionary)