fight·er | \ˈfī-tər \

Definition of fighter 

: one that fights: such as

a(1) : warrior, soldier

(2) : a pugnacious or game individual

(3) : boxer entry 1 sense 1

b : an airplane of high speed and maneuverability with armament designed to destroy enemy aircraft

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Examples of fighter in a Sentence

the debate whether more fighters are needed to bring order to that war-torn country a program at the community center for training local youths as fighters

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The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, the Air Force’s version of the controversial jet, is designed to replace the F-16 Viper fighter in the service’s vast fleet of combat jets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 The deal will see Mr. Machar, the veteran guerrilla fighter turned opposition leader as one of four new vice presidents based in new regional capitals, part of a revitalized transitional government deal to end the conflict. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "South Sudan’s Exiled Former Vice President Offered Power-Sharing Deal," 8 July 2018 The fighters principally rely on their boxing with neither having much power behind their punches. Lance Pugmire,, "UFC 226 live coverage: Round-by-round updates from each fight on the Miocic-Cormier card," 7 July 2018 As a guide for the project, Madden turned to Kilroy, who was best man at one of the fighter’s weddings and a pallbearer at his parents’ funerals. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "Muhammad Ali's secluded Pa. camp and the fight to save it, led by John Madden's son," 3 July 2018 However, the passing of the Houston fighter was widely reported. Drew Hill, The Courier-Journal, "At least 6 MMA fighters have died while in the ring or shortly after," 21 June 2018 Earlier in the day, witnesses said another airstrike targeted a tractor driver and another man in eastern Hodeida who were digging trenches for the Houthi fighters. Time, "The Battle for Control of a Key Port City in Yemen Intensifies," 20 June 2018 The fighters are herded into a back room to warm up in the shadows of two floodlights. John Mccall,, "Fighting for free: The penniless pursuit of amateur MMA fighters in South Florida," 19 June 2018 The Pentagon said Keown was flying one of four aircraft of the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group on a mission to locate a missing B-25 bomber when the weather turned bad and the fighters headed to an auxiliary airfield on April 16, 1944. CBS News, "Pilot missing since World War II buried at Arlington National Cemetery," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fighter

: a warrior or soldier

: someone who does not give up : someone who continues fighting or trying

: a fast airplane that has weapons for destroying enemy aircraft

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