Bout (?), n. [A different spelling and application of bought bend.]

1.

As much of an action as is performed at one time; a going and returning, as of workmen in reaping, mowing, etc.; a turn; a round.

In notes with many a winding bout Of linked sweetness long drawn out. Milton.

The prince . . . has taken me in his train, so that I am in no danger of starving for this bout. Goldsmith.

2.

A conflict; contest; attempt; trial; a set-to at anything; as, a fencing bout; a drinking bout.

The gentleman will, for his honor's sake, have one bout with you; he can not by the duello avoid it. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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