Webster defines judging as " to form a conclusion, to pronounce judgment or form an opinion upon." A contest is defined as "a struggle for supremacy."
Judging contests can then be described as a struggle for supremacy in forming logical conclusions concerning certain situations or conditions. A livestock judging contest becomes a struggle against active opposition to excel in evaluating the animals as to their merits for the purpose they were produced to fulfill. The soils judging contest becomes a matching of knowledge and skills to see which team can come the closest to the "official appraisal" in their evaluation of the various soil types in question. The meats judging contest becomes a challenge to prove the superiority of the individual, or team, in appraising the merits of various carcasses and meat cuts.