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combat

see BATTLE.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

COMBAT, Eng. law. The form of a forcible encounter between two or more persons or bodies of men; an engagement or battle. A duel.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in classic literature ?
That this dog and White Fang should come together was inevitable, and for a week the anticipated fight was the mainspring of conversation in certain quarters of the town.
He had fought more fights, knew how to meet more tricks and methods, and had more tricks himself, while his own method was scarcely to be improved upon.
"Just run and tell East to come and back me," said Tom to a small School-house boy, who was off like a rocket to Harrowell's, just stopping for a moment to poke his head into the School-house hall, where the lower boys were already at tea, and sing out, "Fight! Tom Brown and Slogger Williams."
Furthermore, this bull does not want to fight. Behold, he runs away."
How they had enjoyed the fight! He paused in his recollections long enough to envy them the spectacle he and Cheese-Face had put up.
In the beginning of the fight she had but one hundred free from sickness and four score and ten sick, laid in hold upon the ballast.
When Aeneas saw him thus making havoc among the ranks, he went through the fight amid the rain of spears to see if he could find Pandarus.
"Down with Issus!" I shouted, and together the boy and I took up the fight once more.
When Bert's sense of security was sufficiently restored for him to watch the battle again, he perceived that a brisk little fight was in progress between the Asiatic aeronauts and the German engineers for the possession of Niagara city.
This average gives six fights a year to each of the eighty.
"Why, it is with him I am also going to fight," said Porthos.
A shout arose from the stands, for wherever may have been the favor of the spectators, none there was who could say that it had not been a pretty fight, or that the better man had not won.