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).

Synonyms: Contest, conflict, fight, combat, assault, rencounter, attack, engagement, onset. See Contest.

Origin: OF. Encontre, fr. Encontrer. See Encounter.

(01 Mar 1998)

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