contending


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con·tend

 (kən-tĕnd′)
v. con·tend·ed, con·tend·ing, con·tends
v.intr.
1. To strive in opposition or against difficulties; struggle: armies contending for control of territory; had to contend with long lines at the airport.
2. To strive in competition, as in a race; vie: two runners contending for the lead.
3. To strive in controversy or debate; dispute.
v.tr.
To assert or maintain: The defense contended that the evidence was inadmissible.

[Middle English contenden, from Latin contendere : com-, com- + tendere, to stretch, strive; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

con·tend′er n.

contending

(kənˈtɛndɪŋ)
adj
competing; opposed
Translations

contending

[kənˈtendɪŋ] ADJrival, opuesto

contending

adj emotionswiderstreitend; the contending parties (in dispute, lawsuit) → die streitenden Parteien pl
References in classic literature ?
For many moments the elder sister looked upon the younger, with a countenance that wavered with powerful and contending emotions.
In this way matters went on for some time, without producing any material effect on the relative situations of the contending powers.
For a few minutes the struggle was intensely critical; for while they still slacked out the tightened line in one direction, and still plied their oars in another, the contending strain threatened to take them under.
There was an unfolding of vistas before him, a breaking of the ground beneath him, an upheaving, a stirring, a trembling; he felt himself suddenly a mere man no longer--there were powers within him undreamed of, there were demon forces contending, agelong wonders struggling to be born; and he sat oppressed with pain and joy, while a tingling stole down into his finger tips, and his breath came hard and fast.
Anxious, half-frightened, he looked from side to side, as he heard the clatter of contending bids,--now here, now there,--till the hammer fell.
were not the best way, methinks, albeit it is not to be denied that authorities differ as concerning this point, some contending that the onion is but an un- wholesome berry when stricken early from the tree --"
struck up the contending weapons, and an assisting student straightened the bent one.
Indeed, it is not uncommon for slaves even to fall out and quar- rel among themselves about the relative goodness of their masters, each contending for the superior good- ness of his own over that of the others.
A woman who could betray me for such a rival was not worth contending for; she deserved only scorn; less, however, than I, who had been her dupe.
Having made these discoveries, Captain Wragge wasted no time in contending with his wife's terror and confusion.
When great masses of stone and timber fell, the face with the two dints in the nose became obscured: anon struggled out of the smoke again, as if it were the face of the cruel Marquis, burning at the stake and contending with the fire.
Who is this bent lady, supporting herself by a stick, and showing me a countenance in which there are some traces of old pride and beauty, feebly contending with a querulous, imbecile, fretful wandering of the mind?