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Meaning of WAR

Pronunciation:  wâr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious; "the war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
  2. [n]  the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
  3. [n]  an active struggle between competing entities; "a price war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare"
  4. [n]  a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply; "war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
  5. [v]  make or wage war

WAR is a 3 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: state of war, warfare
 Antonyms: make peace, peace
 See Also: action, aggression, antagonism, Arab-Israeli War, armed combat, Balkan Wars, battle, biological warfare, blitzkrieg, Boer War, BW, campaign, cause, chemical operations, chemical warfare, Chino-Japanese War, civil war, combat, conflict, Crimean War, crusade, drive, effort, engagement, enmity, fight, fight, Franco-Prussian War, French and Indian War, go to war, hostility, hot war, Hundred Years' War, Iran-Iraq War, jehad, jihad, Korean War, limited war, Mexican War, military action, movement, Napoleonic Wars, Peloponnesian War, Persian Gulf War, psychological warfare, Punic Wars, Russo-Japanese War, Seven Years' War, Six Day War, Spanish War, Spanish-American War, struggle, struggle, take arms, take up arms, Thirty Years' War, Trojan War, Vietnam War, War of 1812, war of nerves, War of the Austrian Succession, War of the Grand Alliance, War of the League of Augsburg, War of the Roses, War of the Spanish Succession, Wars of the Roses, world war, Yom Kippur War



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \War\, a.
    Ware; aware. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \War\, n. [OE. & AS. werre; akin to OHG. werra scandal,
    quarrel, sedition, werran to confound, mix, D. warren, G.
    wirren, verwirren, to embroil, confound, disturb, and perhaps
    to E. worse; cf. OF. werre war, F. querre, of Teutonic
    origin. Cf. {Guerrilla}, {Warrior}.]
    1. 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.
             Men will ever distinguish war from mere bloodshed.
                                                   --F. W.
    Note: As war is the contest of nations or states, it always
          implies that such contest is authorized by the monarch
          or the sovereign power of the nation. A war begun by
          attacking another nation, is called an offensive war,
          and such attack is aggressive. War undertaken to repel
          invasion, or the attacks of an enemy, is called
    2. (Law) A condition of belligerency to be maintained by
       physical force. In this sense, levying war against the
       sovereign authority is treason.
    3. Instruments of war. [Poetic]
             His complement of stores, and total war. --Prior.
    4. Forces; army. [Poetic]
             On their embattled ranks the waves return, And
             overwhelm their war.                  --Milton.
    5. The profession of arms; the art of war.
             Thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from
             his youth.                            --1 Sam. xvii.
    6. a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an
       inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
       ``Raised impious war in heaven.'' --Milton.
             The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
             but war was in his heart.             --Ps. lv. 21.
    {Civil war}, a war between different sections or parties of
       the same country or nation.
    {Holy war}. See under {Holy}.
    {Man of war}. (Naut.) See in the Vocabulary.
    {Public war}, a war between independent sovereign states.
    {War cry}, a cry or signal used in war; as, the Indian war
    {War dance}, a dance among savages preliminary to going to
       war. Among the North American Indians, it is begun by some
       distinguished chief, and whoever joins in it thereby
       enlists as one of the party engaged in a warlike
       excursion. --Schoolcraft.
    {War field}, a field of war or battle.
    {War horse}, a horse used in war; the horse of a cavalry
       soldier; especially, a strong, powerful, spirited horse
       for military service; a charger.
    {War paint}, paint put on the face and other parts of the
       body by savages, as a token of going to war. ``Wash the
       war paint from your faces.'' --Longfellow.
    {War song}, a song of or pertaining to war; especially, among
       the American Indians, a song at the war dance, full of
       incitements to military ardor.
    {War whoop}, a war cry, especially that uttered by the
       American Indians.
  3. \War\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Warred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. 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.
             Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of
             Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem
             to war against it.                    --Isa. vii. 1.
             Why should I war without the walls of Troy? --Shak.
             Our countrymen were warring on that day! --Byron.
    2. To contend; to strive violently; to fight. ``Lusts which
       war against the soul.'' --1 Pet. ii. 11.
  4. \War\, v. t.
    1. To make war upon; to fight. [R.]
             To war the Scot, and borders to defend. --Daniel.
    2. To carry on, as a contest; to wage. [R.]
             That thou . . . mightest war a good warfare. --Tim.
                                                   i. 18.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of a war means disorder and chaos in your personal affairs. You also be experiencing some internal conflict or emotional struggle. You are feeling torn between aspects of yourself. Perhaps the dream may indicate that you are being overly aggressive or you are not being assertive enough.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The Israelites had to take possession of the Promised Land by conquest. They had to engage in a long and bloody war before the Canaanitish tribes were finally subdued. Except in the case of Jericho and Ai, the war did not become aggressive till after the death of Joshua. Till then the attack was always first made by the Canaanites. Now the measure of the iniquity of the Canaanites was full, and Israel was employed by God to sweep them away from off the face of the earth. In entering on this new stage of the war, the tribe of Judah, according to divine direction, took the lead.

In the days of Saul and David the people of Israel engaged in many wars with the nations around, and after the division of the kingdom into two they often warred with each other. They had to defend themselves also against the inroads of the Egyptians, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians. The whole history of Israel from first to last presents but few periods of peace.

The Christian life is represented as a warfare, and the Christian graces are also represented under the figure of pieces of armour (Eph. 6:11-17; 1 Thess. 5:8; 2 Tim. 2:3, 4). The final blessedness of believers is attained as the fruit of victory (Rev. 3:21).