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  Dictionary Definition of war

war
noun, verb, warred, warring, adjective

-- noun
1. a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or states, or between parties within a state; warfare (by land, by sea, or in the air).
2. a contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns.
3. active hostility or contention; conflict; contest: a war of words.
4. armed fighting, as a department of activity, a profession, or an art: war is our business.
5. Obsolete Poetic a battle; engagement.
-- verb (i)
6. to make or carry on war; fight.
7. to carry on active hostility or contention: to war with evil.
8. to be in a state of strong opposition: the two political parties are constantly warring over the economy.
-- adjective
9. of, belonging to, used in, or due to war.
-- phrase
10. at war, in a state of hostility or active military operations.
11. in the wars, Colloquial involved in a series of misfortunes or minor injuries.
[ME werre, from OF, from OHG werra strife]
-- warless, adjective