bout

A bout is a fight. If you want to be a boxer, start with some easy bouts before challenging the champ.

A bout is a period of time in which something intense happens, like fighting, binging, or being sick, and comes from the word for bending, or going round in a circle. We usually use it these days for something you wouldn't want to go on for too long of a time. If the full moon makes you crazy, you might suffer a bout of madness.

Definitions of bout
  1. noun
    a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
    synonyms: patch, piece, spell, while
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    types:
    cold snap, cold spell
    a spell of cold weather
    hot spell
    a spell of hot weather
    snap
    a spell of cold weather
    type of:
    time
    an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities)
  2. noun
    a period of illness
    “a bout of fever”
    “a bout of depression”
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    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  3. noun
    a contest or fight (especially between boxers or wrestlers)
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    type of:
    competition, contest
    an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
  4. noun
    (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
    synonyms: round, turn
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    types:
    top, top of the inning
    the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
    bottom, bottom of the inning
    the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
    type of:
    division, part, section
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  5. noun
    an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
    synonyms: binge, bust, tear
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    types:
    piss-up
    vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
    type of:
    revel, revelry
    unrestrained merrymaking
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