Challenger



a person or thing that challenges.
Boxing. a boxer who fights a champion for his championship title.
Radio. interrogator (def 2).
(initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the second space shuttle to orbit and return to earth: exploded 1½ min. after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, causing the death of all seven on board.
n.

late 13c., “a claimant;” mid-14c., “one who makes false charges;” mid-15c., “one who disputes something, objector,” from Anglo-French chalengeour (Old French chalongeor “slanderer, petitioner, plaintiff”), agent noun from challenge (v.). Specific sense of “one who calls out another in a contest” is from 1510s.

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  • Challenging

    offering a challenge; testing one’s ability, endurance, etc: a challenging course; a challenging game. stimulating, interesting, and thought-provoking: a challenging suggestion. provocative; intriguing: a challenging smile. a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc. something that by its nature or character serves as a call to battle, contest, special […]

  • Challengingly

    offering a challenge; testing one’s ability, endurance, etc: a challenging course; a challenging game. stimulating, interesting, and thought-provoking: a challenging suggestion. provocative; intriguing: a challenging smile. adjective demanding or stimulating: a challenging new job



  • Challie

    a soft fabric of plain weave in wool, cotton, rayon, or other staple fiber, either in a solid color or, more often, a small print. noun a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design n. type of fabric for ladies’ dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.

  • Challis

    a soft fabric of plain weave in wool, cotton, rayon, or other staple fiber, either in a solid color or, more often, a small print. noun a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design n. type of fabric for ladies’ dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.



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