skirmishes

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Skirmish \Skir"mish\, noun[OE. scarmishe, scrymishe. See {Skirmish}, verb (used without an object)]

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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Skirmish \Skir"mish\, verb (used without an object) [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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

skirmish

noun

1: a minor short-term fight [syn: {brush}, {clash}, {encounter}, {skirmish}]

verb

1: engage in a skirmish


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