war game

noun Military.

a simulated military operation, carried out to test the validity of a war plan or operational concept: in its simplest form, two opposing teams of officers take part, and when necessary, military units of the required strength are employed.

Origin of war game

First recorded in 1820–30
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Historical Examples of war game

  • Not so bad for a nation quite new to the war-game and living three thousand miles beyond the horizon!

    Out To Win

    Coningsby Dawson

  • It was, of course, as every naval expert could have demonstrated on the war-game board, an impossible thing to do.

  • This money equipped and furnished the gymnasium in the tower, the room now devoted to the war-game.

  • His sons, being given rather to sword-play and the war-game, died before him.

    The White Plumes of Navarre

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • But the trouble with the Belgians was that they didn't play the war-game according to the rules in the book.

    Fighting in Flanders

    E. Alexander Powell

British Dictionary definitions for war game

war game


a notional tactical exercise for training military commanders, in which no military units are actually deployed
a game in which model soldiers are used to create battles, esp past battles, in order to study tactics

verb war-game

(intr) to prepare for battle by considering possible tactics and enemy responses
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