|1.||[ noun ] (military) an aerial engagement between fighter planes|
|2.||[ noun ] a fiercely disputed contest|
"their rancor dated from a political dogfight between them" "a real dogfight for third place" "a prolonged dogfight over their rival bids for the contract"
|3.||[ verb ] (military) engage in an aerial battle with another fighter plane|
|4.||[ verb ] arrange for an illegal dogfight|
|5.||[ noun ] (criminal law) a violent fight between dogs (sometimes organized illegally for entertainment and gambling)|