- a game for two or more persons, played with a 52-card pack evenly divided between the players, in which each player turns up one card at a time with the higher card taking the lower, and in which, when both turned up cards match, each player lays one card face down and turns up another, the player with the higher card of the second turn taking all the cards laid down.
- an occasion in this game when both turned up cards match.
verb (used without object), warred, war·ring.
Origin of war1
Examples from the Web for warring
Contemporary Examples of warring
For peace to have a chance, the calculations of the warring parties must change as well.‘The Good Lie’ and the Hard Truths of South Sudan
October 3, 2014
The warring courts that left two men in legal limbo and ultimately resolved nothing?Mary Fallin’s Killer Fiasco
May 1, 2014
Today, he is sick of Syria talk, and asserts that all warring sides are guilty of perpetuating the violence.War Tourists Flock to Syria’s Front Lines
November 2, 2013
The “warring nations,” which continued to be at odds, and might always be, did not forge modern Canada that way.What Canada's History Teaches Us About the Feasibility of the One-State Paradigm
September 24, 2013
If this trio smiles twice, it will be once more than the dour, warring panel from last season did.Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Will Save ‘American Idol’
September 3, 2013
Historical Examples of warring
But for the quality of Giovanni's head-piece of a truth there had been an end to the warring of a Fool.The Shame of Motley
It was the signal; like warring currents of the sea the two forces clashed.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
His soul is the battle ground of the warring angels of good and evil.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
As these lines are written we are still at peace with all the warring nations.A Journey Through France in War Time
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
I want to get these warring elements together, under one roof.The Last Woman
verb wars, warring or warred
Word Origin for war
"to make war on," mid-12c.; see war (n.). Related: Warred; warring.
late Old English (c.1050), wyrre, werre, from Old North French werre "war" (Modern French guerre), from Frankish *werra, from Proto-Germanic *werso (cf. Old Saxon werran, Old High German werran, German verwirren "to confuse, perplex"). Cognates suggest the original sense was "to bring into confusion."
Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian guerra are from the same source; Romanic peoples turned to Germanic for a word to avoid Latin bellum because its form tended to merge with bello- "beautiful." There was no common Germanic word for "war" at the dawn of historical times. Old English had many poetic words for "war" (wig, guð, heaðo, hild, all common in personal names), but the usual one to translate Latin bellum was gewin "struggle, strife" (related to win).
First record of war time is late 14c. Warpath (1775) is originally in reference to North American Indians, as are war-whoop (1761), war-paint (1826), and war-dance (1757). War crime first attested 1906. War chest is attested from 1901; now usually figurative. War games translates German Kriegspiel (see kriegspiel).
In addition to the idioms beginning with war
- ward off
- war horse
- war of nerves
- all's fair in love and war
- at war
- been to the wars
- declare war
- tug of war