What does the word combat mean?

Usage examples for combat

  1. Neither will his lordship hastily seek another combat with his niece. – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  2. De Mouy, after a terrible combat in the staircase and hall, had finally come out of the burning house like a true hero. – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  3. Licinius Stolo had attempted in vain to combat it. – Public Lands and Agrarian Laws of the Roman Republic by Andrew Stephenson