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Webster 1913 Edition


Warfare

War′fareˊ

,
Noun.
[
War
+ OE.
fare
a journey, a passage, course, AS.
faru.
See
Fare
,
Noun.
]
1.
Military service; military life; contest carried on by enemies; hostilities; war.
The Philistines gathered their armies together for
warfare
, to fight with Israel.
I Sam. xxviii. 1.
This day from battle rest;
Faithful hath been your
warfare
.
Milton.
2.
Contest; struggle.
The weapons of our
warfare
are not carnal.
2 Cor. x. 4.

War′fareˊ

,
Verb.
I.
To lead a military life; to carry on continual wars.
Camden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Warfare

WARFARE

,
Noun.
[war and fare.]
1.
Military service; military life; war.
The Philistines gathered their armies for warfare. 1 Samuel 28.
2.
Contest; struggle with spiritual enemies.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. 2 Corinthians 10.

WARFARE

,
Verb.
I.
To lead a military life; to carry on continual wars.
In that credulous warfaring age. [Little used.]

Definition 2022


warfare

warfare

English

Noun

warfare (usually uncountable, plural warfares)

  1. The waging of war or armed conflict against an enemy.
    • Bible, 1 Sam. xxviii. 1
      The Philistines gathered their armies together for warfare, to fight with Israel.
  2. Military operations of some particular kind e.g. guerrilla warfare.

Derived terms

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Translations

Verb

warfare (third-person singular simple present warfares, present participle warfaring, simple past and past participle warfared)

  1. To lead a military life; to carry on continual wars.
  • warfare in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913