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 (do͞o′əl, dyo͞o′-)
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
1. To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
2. To oppose actively and forcefully.
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.
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References in classic literature ?
This horror had in his youth set him pondering on dueling, and picturing himself in a position in which he would have to expose his life to danger.
"Well, you see, I'll tell you the whole secret of dueling in two words.
According to the laws of dueling at that period, D'Artagnan was at liberty to assist whom he pleased.
In view of this, the Decembrists' attitude towards dueling was am bivalent.
Two of the featured acts were the ITPA Truck and Tractor Pulls at the Half Mile Track followed by Dueling Pianos International at the grandstand.
What grabbed their attention in the parking lot of the coffee shop, made them stop their car, whip out their cellphone and begin recording - two angry iguanas dueling each other.
The Olympic free pistol is the one modern firearm that can claim direct descent from the dueling pistols of the 18th century.
Hamilton owned a set of dueling pistols, but chose to use the set of Wogdons owned by Church, who had pur chased them in London in the 1790s.
Drawing on contemporary newspaper accounts, Burchfield, a writer for magazines and newspapers, documents notable duels in California from 1847 to 1861, from the arrival of dueling culture to the end of its popularity.
This Article offers the first targeted study of the Supreme Court's use of canons and other tools of statutory interpretation in a "dueling" manner--that is, in both the majority and dissenting opinions in the same case, to support opposing outcomes.
Smart players may keep their winnings safe in the bank so that only their gambling money is exposed to risk through dueling.