a contest or trial of strength, as of boxing.
period; session; spell: a bout of illness.
a turn at work or any action.
a going and returning across a field, as in mowing or reaping.
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How to use bout in a sentence
A “simple bout of flu” is incapable of mutating into an Ebola infection.
Regardless of how one wrestles with Noam Chomsky, one does always wrestle, leaving the bout much smarter and stronger.
Omran managed to finish high school despite his bout with cancer and two wars in three years.
Then he pauses and looks up, doing a quick bout of surveying in his head.John Lithgow and Alfred Molina's 'Love Is Strange' Is the Love Story of the Year | Kevin Fallon | August 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait.'SNL' Star Kate McKinnon's Big, 'Awesome,' Emmy-Nominated Year | Kevin Fallon | August 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I don't b'lieve nothin', and try to keep a close mouth 'bout what I do b'lieve.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Whales, sir—a whole school of 'em—off the star-b'd quarter 'bout five miles away—big ones!Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays | Various
Sometimes dey'd pull up at de sho' en take a res' b'fo' dey started acrost, so by de talk I got to know all 'bout de killin'.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Strange to see what a deal of money is flung to them both upon the stage between every bout.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
But you take a man dat's got 'bout five million chillen runnin' roun' de house, en it's diffunt.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for bout
a period of time spent doing something, such as drinking
a period of illness
a contest or fight, esp a boxing or wrestling match
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