Definitions for: Encounter


[n] a casual meeting with a person of thing
[n] a minor short-term fight
[n] a hostile disagreement face-to-face
[n] a casual or unexpected convergence; "he still remembers their meeting in Paris"; "there was a brief encounter in the hallway"
[v] contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"
[v] come together; "I'll probably see you at the meeting"; "How nice to see you again!"
[v] come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"
[v] be beset by; "The project ran into numerous financial difficulties"
[v] experience as a reaction; "My proposal met with much opposition"



Webster (1913) Definition: En*coun"ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Encountered; p.
pr. & vb. n. Encountering.] [OF. encontrer; pref. en- (L.
in) + contre against, L. contra. See Counter, adv.]
To come against face to face; to meet; to confront, either by
chance, suddenly, or deliberately; especially, to meet in
opposition or with hostile intent; to engage in conflict
with; to oppose; to struggle with; as, to encounter a friend
in traveling; two armies encounter each other; to encounter
obstacles or difficulties, to encounter strong evidence of a
truth.

Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the
Stoics, encountered him. --Acts xvii.
18.

I am most fortunate thus accidentally to encounter you.
--Shak.


En*coun"ter, v. i.
To meet face to face; to have a meeting; to meet, esp. as
enemies; to engage in combat; to fight; as, three armies
encountered at Waterloo.

I will encounter with Andronicus. --Shak.

Perception and judgment, employed in the investigation
of all truth, have in the first place to encounter with
particulars. --Tatham.


En*coun"ter, n. [OF. encontre, fr. encontrer. See
Encounter, v. t.]
1. A meeting face to face; a running against; a sudden or
incidental meeting; an interview.

To shun the encounter of the vulgar crowd. --Pope.

2. A meeting, with hostile purpose; hence, a combat; a
battle; as, a bloody encounter.

As one for . . . fierce encounters fit. --Spenser.

To join their dark encounter in mid-air. --Milton
.

Syn: Contest; conflict; fight; combat; assault; rencounter;
attack; engagement; onset. See Contest.

Synonyms: brush, bump, chance, clash, come across, coming upon, confrontation, find, happen, meet, meet, meet, meeting, play, ran into, receive, run across, run into, see, showdown, skirmish, take on

See Also: alignment, be, combat, compete, confront, conjunction, connection, connexion, contend, contretemps, convergence, cross, disagreement, experience, face, fight, fighting, have, intersect, joining, replay, vie

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