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Meaning of war- by Wiktionary Dictionary



    from the 1983 movie Wargames, which featured war-dialing



    1. Relating to gaining access to network resources, such as Wi-Fi access, by locating and exploiting unprotected access addresses .

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    By Wiktionary ( 2012/09/19 21:09 UTC Version )

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    From Middle English werre, from Late Old English werre, wyrre "armed conflict" from Old Northern French werre ( compare Old French guerre, gwerre ), from Frankish *werra ( “riot, disturbance, quarrel” ) from Proto-Germanic *werrō ( “mixture, mix-up, confusion” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wers- ( “to mix up, confuse, beat, thresh” ). Akin to Old High German werra ( “confusion, strife, quarrel” ) ( German verwirren ( “to confuse” ) ), Old Saxon werran ( “to confuse, perplex” ), Dutch war ( “confusion, disarray” ), Old English wyrsa, wiersa ( “worse” ), Old Norse verri ( “worse” ) ( originally "confounded, mixed up" ). Compare Latin versus ( “against, turned” ), past participle of vertere ( “turn, change, overthrow, destroy” ). More at worse, wurst .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /wɔː/, X-SAMPA: /wO:/
    • ( US ) IPA: /wɔɹ/, X-SAMPA: /wOr\/
    • Homophone: wore ( some dialects )
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( ɹ )


    war ( countable and uncountable; plural: wars )

    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.
      1. ( figuratively ) A campaign against something .
        The "war on drugs" is a campaign against the use of narcotic drugs .
        The "war on terror" is a campaign against terrorist crime .
      2. ( business, countable ) A bout of fierce competition in trade .
        I reaped the benefit of the car dealerships' price war, getting my car for far less than it's worth .
        The cellular phone companies were engaged in a freebie war, each offering various services thrown in when one purchased a plan .
    4. ( uncountable ) A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt .


    See also

    • battle


    war ( third-person singular simple present wars present participle warring, simple past and past participle warred )

    1. ( intransitive ) To engage in conflict ( may be followed by "with" to specify the foe ).
      To war the Scot, and borders to defend. — Daniel .
    2. To carry on, as a contest; to wage .
      That thou […] mightest war a good warfare. — Tim. i. 18 .