King James Dictionary 
1. Strife struggle a violent effort to obtain something, or to resist a person, claim or injury contest quarrel.
Multitudes lost their lives in a tumult raised by contention among the partizans of the several colors.
2. Strife in words or debate quarrel angry contest controversy.
Avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law. Titus 3 .
A fools lips enter into contention. Proverbs 18 .
3. Strife or endeavor to excel emulation. 4. Eagerness zeal ardor vehemence of endeavor.
This is an end worthy of our utmost contention to obtain.
Webster's Dictionary 
(1): (n.) Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.
(2): (n.) A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.
(3): (n.) Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention.
(4): (n.) A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for.