- A contest between nations or states, carried on by force,
whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for
the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for
obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the
other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers;
declared and open hostilities. - A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical
force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is
treason. - Instruments of war. - Forces; army. - The profession of arms; the art of war. - a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an
inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
3. War [v. i.]
- To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with
force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence. - To contend; to strive violently; to fight.
4. War [v. t.]
- To make war upon; to fight. - To carry on, as a contest; to wage.