- n. historical A duel between single representitives of opposing armies, with the outcome accepted as the battle's outcome.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. one in which a single combatant meets a single opponent, as in the case of David and Goliath; also, a duel.
- n. a fight between two people
“Alektruon was a barbaric murderer, killed cleanly in single combat after an unprovoked attack on a neutral vessel.”
“Sibbechai's great exploit, which gave him a place among the mighty men of David's army, was his single combat with Saph or Sippai, tire Philistine giant, in the battle at, Gezer or Gob.”
“They were reenacting the Battle of Waterloo, avoiding the bloodbath it had been by organizing a bout of single combat between a French champion and a British champion who would slay his foe with his blond good looks and his tall military bearing and his silver eyes cold as ice and sharp as lance points.”
“In the anticlimactic aftermath of my single combat with Haj, I was wiped out and flat on the deck.”
“Anonym. ad Ammian.p. 710.] 12 Galerius, or perhaps his own courage, exposed him to single combat with a Sarmatian, (Anonym.p. 710,) and with a monstrous lion.”
“So return to him, O thou monk, and say that the single combat shall take place to morrow, for this day we have come off our journey and are aweary; but after rest neither reproach nor blame fear ye.”
“Six silver spears for killing a man in single combat on six different occasions; a scarlet vexillum banner embroidered in gold and finished with a fringe of gold bullion for killing several men in single combat on the same occasion; two silver-encrusted shields of the old oval pattern for holding hotly contested ground against odds.”
“Mrs Dunwoody joined in from the upper window of Number One, and cutting off Mrs Pope from the main battle, engaged her in single combat of particular virulence.”
“Choosing to travel to Athens by the Isthmus Road, in order to prove himself against its dangers, he overthrew in single combat all the monsters and tyrants who made its travellers their prey.”
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