• WordNet 3.6
    • n contender the contestant you hope to defeat "he had respect for his rivals","he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Medical researchers contend that no disease ever identified has been completely eradicated.
    • n Contender One who contends; a contestant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contender One who contends; a combatant; a disputer; a wrangler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Contender one who contends
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Never contend with one that is foolish, proud, positive, testy, or with a superior, or a clown, in matter of argument.”
  • Thomas Hobbes
    “War consisteth not in battle only, or the act of fighting; but in a tract of time, wherein the will to contend by battle is sufficiently known.”
  • Brian Tracy
    “Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contendĕre, -tentumcon, with, tendĕre, to stretch.


In literature:

A period of anarchy ensued, during which several princes contended for royal honours.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Physical measures have been given a good trial, but few would contend that they have succeeded.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
For what purpose, in any cause, shall we hereafter contend with France?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
But thou, O wretched mother, contend not with conquerors.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
From hence, let fierce contending nations know What dire effects from civil discord flow.
"Handy Dictionary of Poetical Quotations" by Various
Vessels are wrecked by it; and even the monsters of the deep are unable to contend with the fury of its irresistible advance.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
Lawyers, I know, cannot make the distinction for which I contend; because they have their strict rule to go by.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It would be of no use," she contended, "as she was fully bent on dying, rather than remain a slave.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Gunpowder was then unknown, and contending armies could only meet hand to hand.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
HE SHOULD CONTEND, he should have had to contend.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
They contended that, according to the law of the land, taxation and representation were inseparable.
"American Eloquence, Volume II. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
But, O king, Bhishma checked those by his prowess and pierced each of the contending kings with two shafts.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
All seemed to contend which should say the most flattering and agreeable thing.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Bond, whom Savage called the two contending powers of light and darkness.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Two contending parties, both claiming to be the Fourth Baptist Church, were then engaged in presenting their rival claims.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
But he had to contend, and has still to contend, against unexplained perplexities.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
It may be contended that the Constitution makes it his duty to enforce all laws without regard to his own views of their wisdom or expediency.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
He contended against the Donatists, the Manichaeans, and the Pelagians.
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
The upholders of slavery will in vain contend with the liberal spirit of the age; it is too strong for them.
"An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans" by Lydia Maria Child
The Board contended that five Professorships had thus been created and filled, contrary to the provisions of the Charter.
"McGill and its Story, 1821-1921" by Cyrus Macmillan

In poetry:

Within this waveless bay of rest
The Alpine winds contend no more,
But skim, like gulls, its dimpled breast,
And sink to silence on its shore.
"In My Pergola" by John Lawson Stoddard
Shut in with the dear, earnest women–
Women with hearts true and strong,
Who dared to face a great evil,
Who dared to contend against wrong.
"Treasured Moments" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
And aught the world contends for to mine eye
Seemed not so real a meaning of success
As only once to clasp before I die
My vision of embodied happiness.
"The Need To Love" by Alan Seeger
Dear Wendell, why need count the years
Since first your genius made me thrill,
If what moved then to smiles or tears,
Or both contending, move me still?
"To Holmes: On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday" by James Russell Lowell
Hermes, You know, must do his Errand:
He found his Man, produc'd his Warrant:
Cupid, your Darts—this very Hour—
There's no contending against Power.
"Mercury And Cupid" by Matthew Prior
So that on man, and man's laborious hand,
Nor manacle nor hindrance shall be laid,
But mind with mind, and strand with generous strand,
Contend and trade.
"A Royal Home-Coming" by Alfred Austin

In news:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President Obama wants former NFL coach Tony Dungy on his team, even if others contend Dungy 's deeply religious views won't make him the nation's best team player.
John Eaves, Democratic contender for the governor's seat, was at Rust College Monday on a short tour of some northern counties.
Summer blockbusters and holiday hits make up the bulk of box office revenue each year, while contenders for the Oscars tend to attract smaller audiences that build over time.
The annual competition for the summer's hit drink is as fierce as usual, and all the major manufacturers have their contenders.
First, Tyra gets rid of one of the strongest contenders on ANTM All-Stars.
José Sacristán and Roxana Blanco star in Spanish writer-director Javier Rebollo's offbeat road-movie, a contender for the festival's Golden Shell.
Corey Black, working out Breeders' Cup contender Storming Home.
(Sept 22, 2011) This popularity cage-match brought a wide variety of public-servant contenders into the ring, all hungry for the coveted title.
At the campaign headquarters of a contender in this West African country's presidential election on Sunday, an official admitted that his party had fallen "very, very, very far from its goal of raising" about $2.7 million.
A perennial contender, he never quite managed to get over the hump.
To contend with the power draw of the audio system, a 275-amp Ohio alternator replaced the stock unit.
Michele Bachmann's emergence as one of the top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination has meant increased scrutiny for the socially-conservative Minnesota representative.
Prosecutors had contended that he began molesting the girl in 1997 when she was 10 and continued for four years.
In the best of all possible worlds, a political contender would be as well-informed as Lou Gentile at the debate Monday night for the 30th District Ohio Senate seat.
Kenya offers first Oscar contender.

In science:

Hence we contend that our formalism can “see more” than multifractals can: indeed, the latter cannot distinguish between the α- and p-models, while Figure 6 shows that we can.
Analytical solution for multivariate statistics in random multiplicative cascades
Hence we had to contend with moderate to strong levels of interference over most of the band owing to which approximately 10% of the data was lost.
The interstellar clouds of Adams and Blaauw revisited: an HI absorption study - I
Jet production will be a close contender for distinguishing among the various predictions for ∆G.
A Comparison of Spin Observable Predictions for RHIC
I contend that the money taxpayers contribute to scientific research in some sense obligates the researchers to make their work accessible to the public.
Computational Asteroseismology
To accommodate for a lower α in the past, as preferred by the data, the dark matter constituents need to have high magnetostatic energy content (One possible contender would be superconducting cosmic strings which have ζm ∼ −1).
Anthropic Reasons for Non-Zero Flatness and Lambda
QCD /σinel ing contenders to approximate the (unknown) cross sections at cosmic ray energies, sibyll 13 and qgsjet 14, share the eikonal approximation but differ in their ans¨atse for the eikonals.
Phenomenology of cosmic ray air showers
We conclude this overview-style appendix with some general comments on whether it is sufficient to calculate τϕ perturbatively, as we contend (in agreement with others17,18,19 ), or whether a truly nonperturbative approach is needed, as GZ have argued in GZ004 .
Influence Functional for Decoherence of Interacting Electrons in Disordered Conductors
Since GZ contend that their approach is nonperturbative, they reject arguments based on perturbation theory, defending their use of purely bare paths by evoking only the standard semiclassical approximation.
Influence Functional for Decoherence of Interacting Electrons in Disordered Conductors
These results support and underpin prior work which contends that most of the observed [CII] line emission from Galactic star-forming regions, the Galaxy as a whole, and from external galaxies arises in warm dense photodissociation regions on the surfaces of molecular gas clouds.
Detection of the 205 um [NII] Line from the Carina Nebula
Future work should show whether these B-star discrepancies may be related to wind clumping – the main contender for the discordance of the UV mass-loss studies for O supergiants [Massa].
Mass loss summary - a personal perspective
All the above positive things notwithstanding, one has to contend with the fact that allowing for this most general, 6Rp superpotential, gives us a large number (total 48) Yukawa type couplings, with NO theoretical indications about their sizes.
Fermion Electric Dipole Moments in R-parity violating Supersymmetry
The DSNB, which may even one day serve as a tool for extracting cosmological evolution parameters, is a leading candidate along with the other contenders, like cosmogenic neutrinos, to open new doors to the cosmos and provide the first neutrino detection originating from cosmological distances.
Neutrino Spectrum from SN 1987A and from Cosmic Supernovae
They are LISA (the interferometric detector for long wavelength gravitational radiation), JDEM (the Joint Dark Energy Mission, for which there are, in turn, three contenders), Constellation-X, and BlackHole Finder.
Astrophysics in 2006
Long before ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ astronomers had to contend with interstellar dust” (Speck 2005).
Astrophysics in 2006
The main contenders are fossil fields traceable back to the interstellar medium (Braithwaite and Nordlund 2006; Donati et al. 2006), dynamos at the young stellar ob ject stage (Wade et al. 2006), or a combination (Kochukhov and Bagnulo 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006

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