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

  • intransitive v. To engage in a war game.
  • transitive v. To simulate (a military operation or a proposed plan of action) in order to test validity or effectiveness under actual or assumed conditions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See kriegspiel.
  • n. Military strategy; war.


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  • It was in this context that Colonel Gardiner made, in an almost offhand way, before we even began to war-game the Enigmatic Box on the Euphrates, a stunning allusion to an overlooked aspect of the Georgia crisis of August 2008, which had just then come to an uneasy, unstable pause.

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  • He knew of no way to war-game counterinsurgency, which included so many other social variables.

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  • Glenn Beck — who has a daily TV show on a popular cable news network and therefore must be taken more seriously in some quarters than scruffy people ranting on streetcorners — assembles his friends to war-game the coming civil war.

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  • Gen. Zinni said the Clinton Administration had him war-game an attack and invasion of Iraq.

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  • In basic training, some recruits called him the "Terminator" after he escaped from one group during a war-game exercise, summoned his own squad and captured the other team.

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  • Frankly I don't think this can be done for all jobs - I mean, real-time strategy games is a direct extension of military war-game exercises, but how do you create a game out of flipping-burgers, or tech service?

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  • Nearly five decades after America's failed Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuba conducted war-game exercises this weekend.

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  • We could work together, share ideas, offer [tactics, techniques and procedures] to each other, maybe war-game or table-top some of these experiences.

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  • As Dan Quayle inches closer to a '96 presidential bid, some White House insiders are beginning to war-game the race with him at the top of the GOP ticket.

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