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n.1.One who encounters; an opponent; an antagonist.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Humble with the proud, haughty with the humble, encounterer of dangers, endurer of outrages, enamoured without reason, imitator of the good, scourge of the wicked, enemy of the mean, in short, knight-errant, which is all that can be said!"
That the text does, indeed, engage the possibility of finding "virgin" territory and thus reinventing the world is suggested by Twain's parodic treatment of that most famous "encounterer" of new worlds, Christopher Columbus.
In a European boreal ant community, Savolainen and Vepsalainen (1988) divided resource-defending ants into "territorials" and "encounterers." The scale of the study and the question posed are important in determining which functional group definitions to use in a given study (Andersen 1997b).