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

  • adj. Being at close quarters: hand-to-hand combat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Close together, within arm's reach.
  • adj. Especially, fighting done within reach rather than at range. May or may not indicate unarmed combat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. close to one's adversary; -- of combat.
  • n. in close union; in close fight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • At close quarters; in personal encounter.

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

  • adj. being at close quarters
  • adv. at close quarters


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