Access method in which network devices compete for permission to access the physical medium. Compare with circuit switching and token passing.

Con*ten"tion (?), n. [F. contention, L. contentio. See Contend.]


A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.

I would my ars could match thee in contenion. Shak.


Strife in words; controversy; altercation quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention.

Contentions and strivings about the law. Titus iii. 9.


Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.

An end . . . worthy our utmost contenion to obtain. Rogers.


A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion of strife; a position taken or contended for.

All men seem agreed what is to be done; the contention is how the subject is to be divided and defined. Bagehot.

This was my original contention, and I still maintain that you should abide by your former decision. Jowett.

Syn. -- Struggle; strife; contest; quarrel; combat; conflict; feud; litigation; controversy; dissension; variance; disagreement; debate; competition; emulation. -- Contention, Strife. A struggle between two parties is the idea common to these two words. Strife is a struggle for mastery; contention is a struggle for the possession of some desired object, or the accomplishment of some favorite end. Neither of the words is necessairly used in a bad sense, since there may be a generous strife or contention between two friends as to which shall incur danger or submit to sacrifices. Ordinarily, however, these words denote a struggle arising from bad passions. In that case, strife usually springs from a quarrelsome temper, and contention from, a selfish spirit which seeks its own aggrandizement, or is fearful lest others should obtain too such. Strife has more reference to the manner than to the object of a struggle, while contention takes more account of the end to be gained.


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