1. a fight between two people
; - Example: "in all armies there were officers who needed to prove their bravery by single combat"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Combat \Com"bat\, n. [Cf. F. combat.]
1. A fight; a contest of violence; a struggle for supremacy.
My courage try by combat, if thou dar'st. --Shak.
The noble combat that 'twixt joy and sorrow was
fought in Paulina. --Shak.
2. (Mil.) An engagement of no great magnitude; or one in
which the parties engaged are not armies.
Single combat, one in which a single combatant meets a
single opponent, as in the case of David and Goliath;
also, a duel.
Syn: A battle; engagement; conflict; contest; contention;
struggle; fight, strife. See Battle, Contest.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a fight between two people; "in all armies there were
officers who needed to prove their bravery by single