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encounter

[en′kau̇n·tər]
(physical chemistry)
A group of collisions, each of which consists of two molecules that collide without reacting and do not separate immediately because of the cage of surrounding molecules.

encounter

any meeting between two or more people in a face-to-face interaction. Everyday life is made up of a series of such interactions, some of them with persons we know well, but many others with people with whom we may have only a fleeting contact. Described by GOFFMAN (1961b,1967,1971) as situations of copresence, encounters involve SOCIAL ACTORS in ‘positionings’ of the body and knowledgeable attention to FACE WORK, creating and preserving the numerous, distinctive kinds of encounter that can be observed. See also FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTION, INTERACTION ORDER AND INTERACTION RITUAL.
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But when to his natural excellences were added the romance that linked with his name and the enormous wealth that was his, practically every free woman he encountered measured him with an appraising and delighted eye, to say nothing of more than one woman who was not free.
Nalasu had discovered their trap, circled about it, and in the rear encountered and slain Anno himself, the father, thus doubling the blood-debt.
I was learning more and more seamanship; and one clear day--a thing we rarely encountered now--I had the satisfaction of running and handling the Ghost and picking up the boats myself.
Gales we encountered now and again, for it was a raw and stormy region, and, in the middle of June, a typhoon most memorable to me and most important because of the changes wrought through it upon my future.
With that he put spurs to his horse, and rode away; at first plashing heavily through the mire at a smart trot, but gradually increasing in speed until the last sound of his horse's hoofs died away upon the wind; when he was again hurrying on at the same furious gallop, which had been his pace when the locksmith first encountered him.
Americans training Iraqi police, like those engaged in similar peacekeeping missions in other parts of the globe, have encountered and adapted to variations of similar threats.
Traditional fixed-rate mortgages have encountered decreases in debt-service coverage ratios (DSCR) and increases in loan to value (LTV), and the borrower's economic incentive for loan repayment has changed for the worst.
His tactics were severe: mercy was offered once and only once; no parleys were tolerated before submission; and any rebel man, woman, or child encountered by his forces was no sooner taken but killed.
They also encountered women who had gotten on the other side of their painful circumstances and were inspired to get through it themselves.
One difficulty that may be encountered has to do with the term of appointments of those at the macrolevel.
The coping strategies model outlines methods that deal with potential and encountered discriminations.
Later exiled from the land of Israel, Jews encountered outside cultural, religious, and intellectual influences, all the while developing mechanisms for preserving their uniqueness and commitment to God's exclusive commandments.