game


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Game \Game\, a. [Cf. W. cam crooked, and E. gambol, n.]
   Crooked; lame; as, a game leg. [Colloq.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Game \Game\, n. [OE. game, gamen, AS. gamen, gomen, play, sport;
   akin to OS., OHG., & Icel. gaman, Dan. gammen mirth,
   merriment, OSw. gamman joy. Cf. Gammon a game,
   Backgammon, Gamble v. i.]
   1. Sport of any kind; jest, frolic.
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            We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game.
                                                  --Shak.
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   2. A contest, physical or mental, according to certain rules,
      for amusement, recreation, or for winning a stake; as, a
      game of chance; games of skill; field games, etc.
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            But war's a game, which, were their subject wise,
            Kings would not play at.              --Cowper.
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   Note: Among the ancients, especially the Greeks and Romans,
         there were regularly recurring public exhibitions of
         strength, agility, and skill under the patronage of the
         government, usually accompanied with religious
         ceremonies. Such were the Olympic, the Pythian, the
         Nemean, and the Isthmian games.
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   3. The use or practice of such a game; a single match at
      play; a single contest; as, a game at cards.
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            Talk the game o'er between the deal.  --Lloyd.
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   4. That which is gained, as the stake in a game; also, the
      number of points necessary to be scored in order to win a
      game; as, in short whist five points are game.
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   5. (Card Playing) In some games, a point credited on the
      score to the player whose cards counts up the highest.
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   6. A scheme or art employed in the pursuit of an object or
      purpose; method of procedure; projected line of
      operations; plan; project.
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            Your murderous game is nearly up.     --Blackw. Mag.
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            It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the
            greatest literary champion of the cause he had set
            himself to attack.                    --Saintsbury.
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   7. Animals pursued and taken by sportsmen; wild meats
      designed for, or served at, table.
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            Those species of animals . . . distinguished from
            the rest by the well-known appellation of game.
                                                  --Blackstone.
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   Confidence game. See under Confidence.

   To make game of, to make sport of; to mock. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Game \Game\ (g[=a]m), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gamed (g[=a]md); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Gaming.] [OE. gamen, game?en, to rejoice, AS.
   gamenian to play. See Game, n.]
   1. To rejoice; to be pleased; -- often used, in Old English,
      impersonally with dative. [Obs.]
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            God loved he best with all his whole hearte
            At alle times, though him gamed or smarte.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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   2. To play at any sport or diversion.
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   3. To play for a stake or prize; to use cards, dice,
      billiards, or other instruments, according to certain
      rules, with a view to win money or some other thing waged
      upon the issue of the contest; to gamble.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Game \Game\, a.
   1. Having a resolute, unyielding spirit, like the gamecock;
      ready to fight to the last; plucky.
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            I was game . . . .I felt that I could have fought
            even to the death.                    --W. Irving.
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   2. Of or pertaining to such animals as are hunted for game,
      or to the act or practice of hunting.
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   Game bag, a sportsman's bag for carrying small game
      captured; also, the whole quantity of game taken.

   Game bird, any bird commonly shot for food, esp. grouse,
      partridges, quails, pheasants, wild turkeys, and the shore
      or wading birds, such as plovers, snipe, woodcock, curlew,
      and sandpipers. The term is sometimes arbitrarily
      restricted to birds hunted by sportsmen, with dogs and
      guns.

   Game egg, an egg producing a gamecock.

   Game laws, laws regulating the seasons and manner of taking
      game for food or for sport.

   Game preserver, a land owner who regulates the killing of
      game on his estate with a view to its increase. [Eng.]

   To be game.
      (a) To show a brave, unyielding spirit.
      (b) To be victor in a game. [Colloq.]

   To die game, to maintain a bold, unyielding spirit to the
      last; to die fighting.
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