skirmish

  • 1 Skirmish — Skir mish, n.[OE. scarmishe, scrymishe. See {Skirmish}, v. i.] 1. A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops. [1913 Webster] 2. A slight contest. [1913… …

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  • 2 Skirmish — Skir mish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Skirmished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skirmishing}.] [OE. skirmishen, scarmishen, OF. escremir, eskermir, to fence, fight, F. escrimer, of German origin; cf. OHG. scirmen to protect, defend, G. schirmen, OHG. scirm, scerm …

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  • 3 skirmish — [n] fight altercation, argument, battle, bout, brawl, brush, clash, combat, conflict, confrontation, disagreement, dispute, encounter, engagement, feud, fisticuffs*, fracas, fray, melee, quarrel, row, ruckus, rumble, run in*, scrap*, scuffle,… …

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  • 4 skirmish — ► NOUN ▪ an episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting. ► VERB ▪ engage in a skirmish. DERIVATIVES skirmisher noun. ORIGIN from Old French eskirmir, from a Germanic verb meaning defend …

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  • 5 skirmish — [skʉr′mish] n. [ME scarmoch < MFr escharmuche < It scaramuccia < schermire, to fight < Gmc, as in OHG * skirmjan, to protect < skirm, a guard: see SCREEN] 1. a brief fight or encounter between small groups, usually an incident of a …

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  • 6 skirmish — index affray, collision (dispute), commotion, confront (oppose), confrontation (altercation) …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 skirmish — n *encounter, brush Analogous words: *contest, conflict, combat, fight, affray, fray: engagement, action, *battle …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 skirmish — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, little, minor, small ▪ border ▪ early, first, opening ▪ …

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  • 9 skirmish — I UK [ˈskɜː(r)mɪʃ] / US [ˈskɜrmɪʃ] noun [countable] Word forms skirmish : singular skirmish plural skirmishes 1) a fight, especially one that is away from the main fighting in a war An officer was killed in a skirmish with guerillas. 2) an… …

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  • 10 skirmish — skir|mish [ˈskə:mıʃ US ˈskə:r ] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: escaramouche, from Old Italian scaramuccia] 1.) a fight between small groups of soldiers, ships etc, especially one that happens away from the main part of a battle used in …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 skirmish — I n. 1) a border; minor skirmish 2) a skirmish between; with II v. (D; intr.) to skirmish with * * * [ skɜːmɪʃ] minor skirmish with (D; intr.) to skirmish with a border a skirmishbetween …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 skirmish — {{11}}skirmish (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. escarmouche skirmish, from It. scaramuccia, probably from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. skirmen to protect, defend ), influenced in M.E. by a separate verb skirmysshen to brandish a weapon, from O.Fr.… …

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  • 13 skirmish — skirmisher, n. /skerr mish/, n. 1. Mil. a fight between small bodies of troops, esp. advanced or outlying detachments of opposing armies. 2. any brisk conflict or encounter: She had a skirmish with her landlord about the rent. v.i. 3. to engage… …

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  • 14 skirmish — skir|mish1 [ skɜrmıʃ ] noun count 1. ) a fight, especially one that is away from the main fighting in a war: An officer was killed in a skirmish with guerillas. 2. ) an argument or disagreement, especially a political one: a major skirmish in the …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 skirmish — [[t]skɜ͟ː(r)mɪʃ[/t]] skirmishes, skirmishing, skirmished 1) N COUNT: oft N with/between n A skirmish is a minor battle. Border skirmishes between India and Pakistan were common. 2) V RECIP If people skirmish, they fight. [pl n V] They were… …

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  • 16 skirmish — I. noun Etymology: Middle English skyrmissh, alteration (influenced by Anglo French eskermir to fence (with swords), protect, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German scirmen to protect, scirm shield) of skarmuch, from Anglo French escarmuche …

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  • 17 skirmish — [14] English adapted skirmish from eskermiss , the present stem of Old French eskermir ‘fight with a sword’. This in turn went back to a Frankish *skirmjan, a relative of modern German schirmen. A variant of skirmish skirt 460 arose with the i… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 skirmish — 1. noun 1) the unit was caught up in a skirmish Syn: fight, battle, clash, conflict, encounter, engagement, fray, combat 2) there was a skirmish over the budget Syn: argument, quarrel, squabble …

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  • 19 skirmish — [14] English adapted skirmish from eskermiss , the present stem of Old French eskermir ‘fight with a sword’. This in turn went back to a Frankish *skirmjan, a relative of modern German schirmen. A variant of skirmish arose with the i and r sounds …

    Word origins

  • 20 Skirmish — Spieler eines russischen Teams Airsoft ist ein sportives, taktisches Geländespiel, welches mit Softairwaffen gespielt wird. Das Spiel wird auch Softair oder Skirmish („Geplänkel“ oder „Scharmützel“) genannt. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Geschichte 2 …

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