What does the word encounter mean?

Usage examples for encounter

  1. In this encounter Redmond for the first time stepped to the front. – John Redmond's Last Years by Stephen Gwynn
  2. Howe'er it prove, I pray that ye may ne'er encounter ill. – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  3. But we did not encounter each other again. – Prisoner for Blasphemy by G. W. [George William] Foote