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war game

noun, Military
a simulated military operation, carried out to test the validity of a war plan or operational concept: in its simplest form, two opposing teams of officers take part, and when necessary, military units of the required strength are employed.
Origin of war game
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In making use of this war game mechanism, intelligence may seem to be getting into the determination of strategy.
  • The ground-based system was demonstrated for the media in a war game at the conference.
British Dictionary definitions for war game

war game

a notional tactical exercise for training military commanders, in which no military units are actually deployed
a game in which model soldiers are used to create battles, esp past battles, in order to study tactics
(intransitive) to prepare for battle by considering possible tactics and enemy responses
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