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skirmish


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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,  protection,  shield,  G.  schirm;  perhaps 
  akin  to  Gr  ????  a  sunshade.  Cf  {Scaramouch},  {Scrimmage}.] 
  To  fight  slightly  or  in  small  parties;  to  engage  in  a 
  skirmish  or  skirmishes;  to  act  as  skirmishers. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  A  slight  contest. 
 
  They  never  meet  but  there's  a  skirmish  of  wit. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  skirmish 
  n  :  a  minor  short-term  fight  [syn:  {brush},  {clash},  {encounter}] 
  v  :  engage  in  a  skirmish 




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