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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ His pain had receded a little, as though this latest bout of agony had overloaded some circuits of his brain's pain-response centre.
▪ When the latest bout of violence erupted around Freetown I knew he would be there.
▪ She had suffered during long bouts of Hopper's depression, rages and his obsession with James Dean.
▪ This pattern of behaviour could be described as generally good with occasional bouts of attention seeking.
▪ It is sometimes a mild complaint, with occasional acute bouts - or it can be source of constant pain and discomfort.
▪ Regular light exercise is safer and more effective than occasional bouts of strenuous exercise.
▪ However, after a year or so he had recovered from all his problems except cribbing and an occasional bout of colic.
▪ In his later years he suffered from occasional bouts of insanity.
▪ The state occasionally tests for drugs before scheduled bouts but only if a fighter has a history of drug abuse.
▪ She had suffered during long bouts of Hopper's depression, rages and his obsession with James Dean.
▪ Paradoxically, he suffered from bouts of tyranny.
▪ In 1756 he suffered a severe bout of fever.
▪ Perhaps he was suffering from a bout of airsickness brought on by the turbulence.
▪ He was to suffer from bouts of explosive flatulence for the rest of his life.
▪ By the end of the day they were both suffering from a mild bout of sunstroke and were also feeling a little seasick.
▪ If your leg suddenly suffers from a bout of cramp, don't panic.
▪ He suffered from bouts of indigestion.
▪ Whoever wins that bout is likely to be in the semi-finals, which should guarantee an Olympic place.
▪ In all my fights at the Y, I had never won a bout.
▪ It looked as if we had won this initial bout but men like Swire Sugden don't give up that easily.
▪ A painful bout with heroin addiction eventually led him to a spiritual rebirth.
▪ If this also ties, then each team captain selects a representative to fight a deciding bout.
▪ Some of the delays between bouts were annoying, but action never slowed down once the fighting began.
▪ The cruel Sylvie, the Sylvie of the drinking and drug bouts.
▪ The sneezing bouts continued for a couple of days, accompanied by shivering and coughing fits.
▪ You can only speculate at how Phoenix featherweight Louie Espinoza would have fared in the bout.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bout \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.

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

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, from Middle English bught, probably from an unrecorded Old English variant of byht "a bend," from Proto-Germanic *bukhta- (see bight (n.)). Sense evolved from "a circuit of any kind" (as of a plow) to "a round at any kind of exercise" (1570s), "a round at fighting" (1590s), "a fit of drinking" (1660s).


Etymology 1 n. 1 A period of something, usually painful or unpleasant 2 (context boxing English) A boxing match. 3 (context fencing English) An assault (a fencing encounter) at which the score is kept. 4 (context roller derby English) A roller derby match. 5 A fighting competition. 6 (context music English) A bulge or widening in a musical instrument, such as either of the two characteristic bulges of a guitar. 7 (context dated English) The going and returning of a plough, or other implement used to mark the ground and create a headland, across a field. vb. To contest a bout. Etymology 2

prep. (context colloquial English) about

  1. n. (sports) a period of play during which one team is on the offensive [syn: turn, round]

  2. a boxing match; "the fight was on television last night" [syn: fight]

  3. an occasion for excessive eating or drinking; "they went on a bust that lasted three days" [syn: bust, tear, binge]


Bout can mean:

Bout (song)

"Bout" is the sixth single from British R&B artist Jamelia and the first single from her second album Thank You. Overall, "Bout" is fairly ignored as a single and " Superstar" is widely regarded to be the first single from the album. "Bout" was the single that bought Jamelia back into the public eye, after being away for three years. The song samples Bill Conti's Gonna Fly Now. The single was a minor hit, in fact it was the smallest hit from Thank You, managing to peak at #37 on the UK Singles Chart, spending only two weeks inside the UK Top 75.

There were two videos shot for "Bout" but the one that featured Rah Digga has never been commercially released, because Jamelia was unhappy with the finished product. The video was re-shot but without Rah Digga because she had other commitments. The second video did, however, retain Rah Digga's rap.

Usage examples of "bout".

He dwelt unnecessarily, I thought, on my prior loss to Makato and on the bout I had won by forfeit because Makato had incapacitated my Aikido adversary.

Pain, loss of blood and bouts of unconsciousness started to affect the pilot, but the Stirling was kept flying, with the help first of the navigator and then of the bomb aimer, who had himself been stunned in the dive.

But most of all, Rae had not suffered a single bout of rheumatism since her discharge from Alameda Hospital.

Harrison, who did not really meet her father until she was 20, takes the reader on a difficult journey into her loveless childhood, her bouts with anorexia and bulimia, and, eventually, the incestuous 4-year affair with her father.

The chloramphenicol will be long out of his system, and his doctors will not know about his previous bout of aplastic anemia.

The Archdeacon, practised on his feet in many fencing bouts, flew out of the door and down the drive, and Gregory and the Colonel both lost breath--the first yelling for Ludding, the second shouting after the priest.

Novelli le vit, au fin bout de son banc, agiter les mains devant la figure des parleurs, pour les faire taire.

A cage of budgies erupted into a bout of squabbling over what appeared to be territorial rights to the perch beside the tiny mirror.

Thelma whispered, gasping to catch her breath as another bout of coughing racked her frail frame.

Blackthorn had just descended the stairs of the door of the Green Knight Fencing and Fighting Salon, after his daily bout with his cuz Tinne Holly, when he heard the command.

I been tellin you bout, but dis de first time it come here en you better be a prayin.

Au bout, de quelques instants elle ecarta legerement le feuillage et regarda ou etait Roger.

She must remind herself that it was young days yet, that Gerent had had occasional bouts of pleasantness.

In those two Bouts pictures, in those when I prepared the canvas I laid linen threads on the gesso when it was still wet, you see?

Taffy wanted to know more about this gyppo, and his trainer gave him details of the three bouts he had seen Freedom fight.