fighter

[fahy-ter]
noun
1.
a boxer; pugilist.
2.
Military. an aircraft designed to seek out and destroy enemy aircraft in the air and to protect bomber aircraft.
3.
a person who fights, struggles, resists, etc.
4.
a person with the will, courage, determination, ability, or disposition to fight, struggle, resist, etc.
5.
an animal, as a dog, trained to fight or having the disposition to fight.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fēohtere. See fight, -er1

nonfighter, noun
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fighter (ˈfaɪtə)
 
n
1.  a person who fights, esp a professional boxer
2.  a person who has determination
3.  military an armed aircraft designed for destroying other aircraft

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fighter
O.E. feohtere; see fight. Meaning "fast military airplane used for combat" is from 1917.
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Example sentences for fighters
The fighters disperse in the area of operations more or less randomly.
Crouch fighters tend to use the peekaboo style, discussed below.
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