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du·el

 (do͞o′əl, dyo͞o′-)
n.
1. A prearranged, formal combat between two persons, usually fought to settle a point of honor.
2. A struggle for domination between two contending persons, groups, or ideas.
v. du·eled, du·el·ing, du·els or du·elled or du·el·ling
v.tr.
1. To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
2. To oppose actively and forcefully.
v.intr.
To engage in or as if in formal combat.

[Middle English duelle, from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, war, archaic variant of bellum.]

du′el·er, du′el·ist n.

duel

(ˈdjuːəl)
n
1. (Historical Terms) a prearranged combat with deadly weapons between two people following a formal procedure in the presence of seconds and traditionally fought until one party was wounded or killed, usually to settle a quarrel involving a point of honour
2. a contest or conflict between two persons or parties
vb (intr) , duels, duelling or duelled, duels, dueling or dueled
3. (Historical Terms) to fight in a duel
4. to contest closely
[C15: from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, poetical variant of bellum war; associated by folk etymology with Latin duo two]
ˈdueller, ˈdueler n
ˈduellist, ˈduelist n

du•el

(ˈdu əl, ˈdyu-)

n., v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. a prearranged combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons according to an accepted code of procedure, esp. to settle a private quarrel.
2. any contest between two persons or parties.
v.t., v.i.
3. to fight in a duel.
[1585–95; earlier duell < Medieval Latin duellum, Latin: earlier form of bellum war]
du′el•er, du′el•ist, n.

duel


Past participle: duelled
Gerund: duelling

Imperative
duel
duel
Present
I duel
you duel
he/she/it duels
we duel
you duel
they duel
Preterite
I duelled
you duelled
he/she/it duelled
we duelled
you duelled
they duelled
Present Continuous
I am duelling
you are duelling
he/she/it is duelling
we are duelling
you are duelling
they are duelling
Present Perfect
I have duelled
you have duelled
he/she/it has duelled
we have duelled
you have duelled
they have duelled
Past Continuous
I was duelling
you were duelling
he/she/it was duelling
we were duelling
you were duelling
they were duelling
Past Perfect
I had duelled
you had duelled
he/she/it had duelled
we had duelled
you had duelled
they had duelled
Future
I will duel
you will duel
he/she/it will duel
we will duel
you will duel
they will duel
Future Perfect
I will have duelled
you will have duelled
he/she/it will have duelled
we will have duelled
you will have duelled
they will have duelled
Future Continuous
I will be duelling
you will be duelling
he/she/it will be duelling
we will be duelling
you will be duelling
they will be duelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been duelling
you have been duelling
he/she/it has been duelling
we have been duelling
you have been duelling
they have been duelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been duelling
you will have been duelling
he/she/it will have been duelling
we will have been duelling
you will have been duelling
they will have been duelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been duelling
you had been duelling
he/she/it had been duelling
we had been duelling
you had been duelling
they had been duelling
Conditional
I would duel
you would duel
he/she/it would duel
we would duel
you would duel
they would duel
Past Conditional
I would have duelled
you would have duelled
he/she/it would have duelled
we would have duelled
you would have duelled
they would have duelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duel - a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honorduel - a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
2.duel - any struggle between two skillful opponents (individuals or groups)
struggle, battle - an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
Verb1.duel - fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman; "In the 19th century, men often dueled over small matters"
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

duel

noun
1. single combat, fight, battle, confrontation, head-to-head, affair of honour He killed a man in a duel.
verb
1. fight, struggle, clash, compete, contest, contend, vie with, lock horns We duelled for two years.

duel

verb
To strive in opposition:
Translations
مُبارَزَهمُنافَسَهيَتَبارَز
bojsoubojutkat se v souboji
duelduelleretvekamp
kaksinkamppailukaksintaistelu
párbajpárbajozik
einvígieinvígi; úrslitaleikurheyja einvígi
dvikovakautis dvikovoje
divkaujaduelētiesduelis
biť sa v súbojisúboj
dvoboj
düellodüello etmek

duel

[ˈdjʊəl]
A. Nduelo m
to fight a duelbatirse en duelo
B. VIbatirse en duelo

duel

[ˈdjuːəl] nduel m
a duel between → un duel entre

duel

n (lit, fig)Duell nt; duel of witsgeistiger Wettstreit
visich duellieren; (German students)eine Mensur schlagen; duelling (Brit) or dueling (US) pistolsDuellierpistolen pl

duel

[ˈdjʊəl]
1. nduello
2. vibattersi in duello

duel

(ˈdjuəl) noun
1. a fight (with swords or pistols) between two people over a matter of honour etc.
2. any contest between two people or two sides. a duel for first place.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈduelled
to fight a duel.
References in classic literature ?
not the first founded on paper), and was already deep in the concoction of her story, being unable to decide whether the duel should come before the elopement or after the murder.
With ingenuous frankness he spoke of what a wicked, ill-disciplined boy he had been, and impulsively drew up his cuff to exhibit upon his wrist the scar from a saber cut which he had received in a duel outside of Paris when he was nineteen.
This idle and aimless jabber went on and on, both parties enjoying the friendly duel and each well satisfied with his own share of the wit exchanged--for wit they considered it.
If you doubt it, dare to pay attention to one of these young ladies, and you will probably have to fight a duel for it.
Dream not of thir fight, As of a Duel, or the local wounds Of head or heel: not therefore joynes the Son Manhood to God-head, with more strength to foil Thy enemie; nor so is overcome SATAN, whose fall from Heav'n, a deadlier bruise, Disabl'd not to give thee thy deaths wound: Which hee, who comes thy Saviour, shall recure, Not by destroying SATAN, but his works In thee and in thy Seed: nor can this be, But by fulfilling that which thou didst want, Obedience to the Law of God, impos'd On penaltie of death, and suffering death, The penaltie to thy transgression due, And due to theirs which out of thine will grow: So onely can high Justice rest appaid.
The poor chap was killed in a duel at Spa a few months after the marriage.
It will certainly be a duel which we shall have to fight," said the other, examining the priming of his pistols.
Almost immediately two other larger birds, who had been watching the duel, flew up and alighted, one at the head and the other at the feet of the dead bird.
For I would have thee know, Sancho, that wounds caused by any instruments which happen by chance to be in hand inflict no indignity, and this is laid down in the law of the duel in express words: if, for instance, the cobbler strikes another with the last which he has in his hand, though it be in fact a piece of wood, it cannot be said for that reason that he whom he struck with it has been cudgelled.
For her sake he had fought a duel with Monsieur de Lauzun.
The other followed him, and here they fought, occasionally abandoning their duel to pursue and recapture the girl who took every advantage of her captors' preoccupation in battle to break away in attempted escape; but always they overtook her, and first one and then the other possessed her as they struggled to tear one another to pieces for the prize.
He began to reassure Aouda, telling her that blusterers were never to be feared, and begged Fix to be his second at the approaching duel, a request which the detective could not refuse.