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spoken English36.79%written English63.21% conversational speech15.31%task-oriented speech84.69% imaginative writing33.72%informational writing66.28%
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War is sometimes a misspelling of away, wear, were, where or wore.

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Definition of the noun war

What does war mean as a name of something?

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noun - plural: wars

  1. the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
    • example: thousands of people were killed in the war
    • domain: armed forces / armed services / military / military machine / war machine
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of war: warfare
    • more generic terms: action / military action = a military engagement
    • more specific terms:
    • instances:
      • Chino-Japanese War / Sino-Japanese War = a war between China and Japan (1894 and 1895) over the control of the Korean Peninsula
      • Macedonian War = one the four wars between Macedonia and Rome in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, which ended in the defeat of Macedonia and its annexation as a Roman province
      • Arab-Israeli War / Six Day War / Six-Day War = tension between Arabs and Israeli erupted into a brief war in June 1967
      • Arab-Israeli War / Yom Kippur War = Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in October 1973
      • Balkan Wars = two wars (1912-1913) that were fought over the last of the European territories of the Ottoman Empire and that left the area around Constantinople (now Istanbul) as the only Ottoman territory in Europe
      • Boer War = either of two wars: the first when the Boers fought England in order to regain the independence they had given up to obtain British help against the Zulus
      • Crimean War = a war in Crimea between Russia and a group of nations including England and France and Turkey and Sardinia
      • Franco-Prussian War = a war between France and Prussia that ended the Second Empire in France and led to the founding of modern Germany
      • French and Indian War = a war in North America between France and Britain
      • Hundred Years' War = the series of wars fought intermittently between France and England
      • Iran-Iraq War / Gulf War = a dispute over control of the waterway between Iraq and Iran broke out into open fighting in 1980 and continued until 1988, when they accepted a UN cease-fire resolution
      • Korean War = a war between North and South Korea; South Korea was aided by the United States and other members of the United Nations
      • Mexican War = after disputes over Texas lands that were settled by Mexicans the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846 and by treaty in 1848 took Texas and California and Arizona and New Mexico and Nevada and Utah and part of Colorado and paid Mexico $15,000,000
      • Napoleonic Wars = a series of wars fought between France (led by Napoleon Bonaparte) and alliances involving England and Prussia and Russia and Austria at different times
      • Peloponnesian War = a war in which Athens and its allies were defeated by the league centered on Sparta
      • Persian Gulf War / Gulf War = a war fought between Iraq and a coalition led by the United States that freed Kuwait from Iraqi invaders
      • Punic War = one of the three wars between Carthage and Rome that resulted in the destruction of Carthage and its annexation by Rome
      • Russo-Japanese War = Japanese victory in the war with Russia (1904-1905) gave Japan power over Korea and Manchuria
      • Seven Years' War = a war of England and Prussia against France and Austria
      • Spanish-American War / Spanish War = a war between the United States and Spain in 1898
      • Thirty Years' War = a series of conflicts (1618-1648) between Protestants and Catholics starting in Germany and spreading until France and Denmark and Sweden were opposing the Holy Roman Empire and Spain
      • Trojan War = a great war fought between Greece and Troy; the Greeks sailed to Troy to recover Helen of Troy, the beautiful wife of Menelaus who had been abducted by Paris
      • Vietnam War / Vietnam = a prolonged war (1954-1975) between the communist armies of North Vietnam who were supported by the Chinese and the armies of South Vietnam who were supported by the United States
      • War of Greek Independence = the Greeks rebelled against Turkish rule in 1821
      • War of the Austrian Succession = Prussia and Austria fought over Silesia and most of the rest of Europe took sides
      • War of the League of Augsburg / War of the Grand Alliance = an aggressive war waged by Louis XIV against Spain and the Holy Roman Empire and England and Holland and other states
      • War of the Spanish Succession = a general war in Europe (1701-1714) that broke out when Louis XIV installed his grandson on the throne of Spain
      • Wars of the Roses / War of the Roses = struggle for the English throne (1455-1485) between the house of York (white rose) and the house of Lancaster (red rose) ending with the accession of the Tudor monarch Henry VII
      • War of 1812 = a war (1812-1814) between the United States and England which was trying to interfere with American trade with France
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  2. a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply
    • example: war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring
    • domain: warfare
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of war: state of war
    • antonym of war: peace
    • more generic words: antagonism / enmity / hostility = a state of deep-seated ill-will
    • more specific term: proxy war = a war instigated by a major power that does not itself participate
  3. an active struggle between competing entities
    • examples: a price war | a war of wits
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of war: warfare
    • more generic words: battle / conflict / struggle = an open clash between two opposing groups
    • more specific terms:
      • drug war = conflict between law enforcement and those who deal in illegal drugs
      • trench warfare = a struggle (usually prolonged) between competing entities in which neither side is able to win
  4. a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
    • examples: the war on poverty | the war against crime
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: campaign / cause / crusade / drive / effort / movement = a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

Alternative definition of the noun war


  1. [uncountable] Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.
  2. [countable] A particular conflict of this kind.
  3. [countable] By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
  4. [context: rhetorical] A campaign against something.
  5. [business, countable] A bout of fierce competition in trade.
  6. [uncountable] A particular card game for two players.

Definition of the verb war

What does war mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: warred, warring

  1. make or wage war
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]They battled
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, possessive with -ing]They battled about his coming
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]They battled about whether he should go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, what-extraction]They battled about what was the right thing
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]They battled about what to do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]They battled about whether to go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]They battled about it
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]I battled with him about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, what-extraction]I battled with him about whether he should go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]I battled with him about what to do
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]I battled with him about whether to go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I battled with him about it

      Verbs of Social Interaction (with the same syntax): argue, bargain, battle, bicker, brawl, clash, combat, communicate, compete, conflict, correspond, dicker, differ, disagree, dispute, duel, feud, fight, joust, quarrel, quibble, scuffle, skirmish, spar, spat, squabble, struggle, tilt, tussle, vie, wrangle, wrestle.

    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • antonym: make peace
    • more generic words: contend / fight / struggle = be engaged in a fight
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb war


  1. [intransitive] To engage in conflict.


  1. "War" is a 2007 American action film directed by Philip G. Atwell his directorial debut, and also fight choreography by Corey Yuen. The film stars Jet Li and Jason Statham. The film was released in the United States on August 24, 2007. War features a collaboration between Jet Li and Jason Statham, reuniting them for the first time since 2001's The One. Jason Statham plays an FBI agent determined to take down a mysterious assassin known as Rogue, after his partner is murdered.
  2. "War" is a 2002 Russian film by Aleksei Balabanov about the realities of the Second Chechen War starring Aleksei Chadov and Ian Kelly.
  3. "War" is a 2009 short film directed by Paolo Sassanelli and written with Antonella Gaeta.
  4. "War" is a film.
  5. "War" a.k.a. "Atomic War Bride", is a 1960 Yugoslav science fiction drama film directed by Veljko Bulajić.
  6. "War" is a film.


"War" is a book by Gwynne Dyer.

  • genre: War novel
  • subjects: Military science, Military branch, Current events, World history, International relations, History, Warfare, Research, Security, World


  1. War is a card game typically involving two players. It uses a standard French playing card deck. Due to its simplicity, it is played most often by children.
    • also known as 賭場戰爭
  2. "WAR" a.k.a. "Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning" was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy setting. It was developed by Mythic Entertainment and was simultaneously released in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand on September 18, 2008. The game revolved around the continual worldwide conflict that the Warhammer Fantasy setting is known for, and the game is geared toward ongoing, constant war laced with dark humour.
  3. "WAR" a.k.a. "W.A.R." was a computer game produced by Martech.


War is the name of three fictional characters, who are Marvel Comics supervillains. Two are discussed here: both members of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. the first War and Abraham Kieros. The title was also held by the mutant Gazer and, briefly, by Bruce Banner, the Hulk.


  1. "War" is a counterculture era soul song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label in 1969. Whitfield first produced the song – a blatant anti-Vietnam War protest – with The Temptations as the original vocalists. After Motown began receiving repeated requests to release "War" as a single, Whitfield re-recorded the song with Edwin Starr as the vocalist, with the label deciding to withhold the Temptations' version from single release so as not to alienate their more conservative fans. Starr's version of "War" was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970, and is not only the most successful and well-known record of his career, but it is also one of the most popular protest songs ever recorded. It was one of 161 songs on the Clear Channel no-play list after September 11, 2001.
  2. "War" is a song recorded and made popular by Bob Marley. It first appeared on Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1976 Island Records album, Rastaman Vibration, Marley's only top 10 album in the USA. The lyrics are almost literally derived from a speech made by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I before the United Nations General Assembly in June 1963.
  3. "War" is the fourth studio album by the Dutch hardcore band Born from Pain. The album was released on November 17 and November 20 through Metal Blade Records.
  4. "War": War is the third album by funk group War, or their first following the departure of singer Eric Burdon and the group's name change from the original: Eric Burdon and War. It was released in April 1971 on United Artists Records, their first for the label.
  5. "War" a.k.a. "War?" is a song from System of a Down's eponymous debut album. A live version of the song is also a B-side featured on the Sugar EP.
  6. "War" a.k.a. "Live War" is a musical album of Bolt Thrower.
  7. "War" is a single by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, released in 1998. It was featured on Small Soldiers and on the 1998 collection album The Collection Volume One. The song is performed by members Layzie, Flesh, and Wish, and also features Henry Rollins, Tom Morello and Flea.
  8. "War" is a composition.
  9. "War" is a musical album of Regenerator.
    • also known as War (bonus disc)
    • released on (14 years ago)


Who is War?

War a.k.a. Christopher 'War' Martinez: Christopher 'War' Martinez is an actor.


  1. War: Total War was a Swedish black metal supergroup, formed by Tony "IT" Särkkä of Abruptum, David "Blackmoon" Parland of Dark Funeral and Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy.
  2. War is a musical group.
    • albums: "Insanity of Faith", "Ex Tenebris Nasceris Ut Deleas", "Holy War"
  3. War a.k.a. WAR! is a musical group.
    • albums: "Breakdown in the Breakdown", "The Worst Day of My Life EP"

There are other groups with in their name, like War”., At War, My War, Dub War, Our War, Ska War, Cold War, Gang War, War Iron, War-Torn, Audio War, Civil war, Class War, Man-O-War, War Dance, War Injun, War Tapes, War/Dance, Weird War and Fog of war.


War is a city in McDowell County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 862 at the 2010 census. War was incorporated in 1920 by the Circuit Court of McDowell County. Its name is derived from War Creek, whose confluence with Dry Fork is located within the city. Legend has it that War Creek was in turn named by the local Native Americans about 1788 because of a battle which occurred near the source of the creek. War is the only place in the United States with this name. War was formerly known as Miner's City. It is well known for being a setting in the movie "October Sky" as writer Homer Hickam is a Big Creek High School alumnus.


  1. WAR: In software engineering, a WAR file is a JAR file used to distribute a collection of JavaServer Pages, Java Servlets, Java classes, XML files, tag libraries, static web pages and other resources that together constitute a web application.
  2. WAR: Wrestle and Romance, and later Wrestle Association R, was a professional wrestling promotion founded and run by Genichiro Tenryu as the successor to Super World of Sports, and which lasted from 1992 to 2000. The promotion had very few regular contracted workers, instead most of the workers were either freelance or employed in other promotions. Because of this WAR ran many all-star cards. It had interpromotional feuds against New Japan Pro Wrestling, Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling, the new Tokyo Pro Wrestling, and UWF International. WAR also continued, albeit in a loose fashion, SWS's old working agreement with the WWF, when they backed the WWF's first Japan tour, in 1994, which unfortunately did not sell out any buildings.
  3. War: War: A Commentary by Gwynne Dyer is a 1983 Canadian television miniseries filmed by Gwynne Dyer. The miniseries was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada and consists of 8 one-hour episodes.
    • begun in (34 years ago)
    • country: Canada
    • genres: History, War film, Documentary film
  4. War a.k.a. Waray-Waray Language: Waray-Waray is the fifth most spoken native language of the Philippines, specific to the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and in the north-east of Leyte Island. The name comes from the word often heard by non-speakers, "waray", in the same way that Cebuanos are known in Leyte as "mga Kana".
    • also known as Binisaya, Waray, Samaran, Samar-leyte, Samareño
  5. War a.k.a. War Language: War, Waray, War-Jaintia or Amwi is an Austroasiatic language spoken by about 16,000 people in Bangladesh and 12,000 people in India.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for War

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Google previewWar is a Failure of Politics - A Collection of Poems (2015)

by Henry Disney

'WAR IS A FAILURE OF POLITICS'; (TL) Today as apathy prevails And cynics merely ladle scorn On those who urge us heed the poor Or those in need of helping hand; Today when naked greed is praised And ruthless competition rules , ...

Google previewThe hidden side of Christian festivals (1920)

by C.W. Leadbeater

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WAR The great war is the one topic of the day, the one thing about which everyone speaks——the one...

Google previewPersian Gulf War Encyclopedia: A Political, Social, and Military History (2014)

A Political, Social, and Military History by Spencer C. Tucker

and Coalition Antitank Weapons Antiwar Movements, Persian Gulf War Arab League Armored Warfare, Doctrine and Practice Arthur, ...

Google previewChina at War: An Encyclopedia (2012)

An Encyclopedia by Xiaobing Li

Based on its unique geographic setting, demographic characteristics, and political structure, China's military tradition emerged from its strategic concerns, war experience, civil-military relations, and technological development. As the largest ...

Google previewJapan at War: An Encyclopedia (2013)

An Encyclopedia by Louis G. Perez

The International Military Tribunal for the Far East conducted trials of senior Japanese leaders after World War II. General of the US. Army Douglas MacArthur , heading the military occupation of Japan, established the International Military ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of War Journalism (1997)

by Mitchel P. Roth, James Stuart Olson

In 1981 a rare book dealer contacted the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, concerning some old daguerreotype photographs from the Mexican War. At that time the Beinecke Rare Book Room at Yale University possessed twelve ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Civil War Medicine (2015)

by Glenna R Schroeder-Lein

The American Civil War remains one of the most-studied wars in history. Scholars investigate new perspectives on the conflict, students write term papers about famous battles or generals, and legions of families visit battlefields and museums .

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the War in Vietnam (2011)

by Ronald B. Frankum Jr.

War by any definition is a violent, complex set of actions and events that significantly impact, either directly or indirectly, all of those involved in the conflict. The Vietnam War, though perhaps it is better to expand the geographic limits to ...

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Usage statistics for the noun war:

spoken English36.79%written English63.21% conversational speech15.31%task-oriented speech84.69% imaginative writing33.72%informational writing66.28%

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Quotes about War

um 16 at war
16 at war with life
16 at war with destiny
16 at war with the universe
16 at war with the world
16 at war in iraq
16 at war with my soul
16 at war with my spirit
16 at war with teenage ways
16 at war with you
16 at war with whom? (Shameka Jones)
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Scrabble value of W4A1R1

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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