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GAME, n.

1. Sport of any kind.

2. Jest; opposed to earnest; as, betwixt earnest and game. [Not used.]

3. An exercise or play for amusement or winning a stake; as a game of cricket; a game of chess; a game of whist. Some games depend on skill; others on hazard.

4. A single match at play.

5. Advantage in play; as, to play the game into another's hand.

6. Scheme pursued; measures planned.

This seems to be the present game of that crown.

7. Field sports; the chase, falconry, &c.

8. Animals pursued or taken in the chase, or in the sports of the field; animals appropriated in England to legal sportsmen; as deer, hares, &c.

9. In antiquity, games were public diversions or contests exhibited as spectacles for the gratification of the people. These games consisted of running, leaping, wrestling, riding, &c. Such were the Olympic games, the Pythian, the Isthmian, the Nemean, &c, among the Greeks; and among the Romans, the Apollinarian, the Circensian, the Capitoline, &c.

10. Mockery; sport; derision; as, to make game of a person.

GAME, v.i. To play at any sport or diversion.

1. 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 other thing waged upon the issue of the contest.

2. To practice gaming.



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GAME, n.

1. Sport of any kind.

2. Jest; opposed to earnest; as, betwixt earnest and game. [Not used.]

3. An exercise or play for amusement or winning a stake; as a game of cricket; a game of chess; a game of whist. Some games depend on skill; others on hazard.

4. A single match at play.

5. Advantage in play; as, to play the game into another's hand.

6. Scheme pursued; measures planned.

This seems to be the present game of that crown.

7. Field sports; the chase, falconry, &c.

8. Animals pursued or taken in the chase, or in the sports of the field; animals appropriated in England to legal sportsmen; as deer, hares, &c.

9. In antiquity, games were public diversions or contests exhibited as spectacles for the gratification of the people. These games consisted of running, leaping, wrestling, riding, &c. Such were the Olympic games, the Pythian, the Isthmian, the Nemean, &c, among the Greeks; and among the Romans, the Apollinarian, the Circensian, the Capitoline, &c.

10. Mockery; sport; derision; as, to make game of a person.

GAME, v.i. To play at any sport or diversion.

1. 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 other thing waged upon the issue of the contest.

2. To practice gaming.

GAME, n. [Ice. gaman; Sax. gamen, a jest, sport; gamian, to jest, to sport; It. giambare, to jest or jeer; W. camp, a feat, a game; campiaw, to contend in games. The latter seems to unite game with camp, which in Saxon and other northern dialects signifies a combat.]

  1. Sport of any kind. Shak.
  2. Jest; opposed to earnest; as, betwixt earnest and game. [Not used.] Spenser.
  3. An exercise or play for amusement or winning a stake; as, a game of cricket; a game of chess; a game of whist. Some games depend on skill, others on hazard.
  4. A single match at play. Addison.
  5. Advantage in play; an, to play the game into another's hand.
  6. Scheme pursued; measures planned. This seems to be the present game of that crown. Temple.
  7. Field sports; the chase; falconry, &c. Shak. Waller.
  8. Animals pursued or taken in the chase, or in the sports of the field; animals appropriated in England to legal sportsmen; as deer, hares, &c.
  9. In antiquity, games were public diversions or contests exhibited as spectacles for the gratification of the people. These games consisted of running, leaping, wrestling, riding, &c. Such were the Olympic games, the Pythian, the Isthmian, the Nemean, &c. among the Greeks; and among the Romans, the Apollinarian, the Circensian, the Capitoline, &c. Encyc.
  10. Mockery; sport; derision; as, to make game of a person.

GAME, v.i. [Sax. gamian.]

  1. To play at any sport or diversion.
  2. 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 other thing waged upon the issue of the contest.
  3. To practice gaming.

Game
  1. Crooked] lame; as, a game leg.

    [Colloq.]
  2. Sport of any kind] jest, frolic.

    We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game. Shak.

  3. Having a resolute, unyielding spirit, like the gamecock; ready to fight to the last; plucky.

    I was game . . . .I felt that I could have fought even to the death. W. Irving.

  4. To rejoice; to be pleased; -- often used, in Old English, impersonally with dative.

    [Obs.]

    God loved he best with all his whole hearte
    At alle times, though him gamed or smarte.
    Chaucer.

  5. 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.

    But war's a game, which, were their subject wise,
    Kings would not play at.
    Cowper.

    * 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.

  6. Of or pertaining to such animals as are hunted for game, or to the act or practice of hunting.

    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.

  7. To play at any sport or diversion.
  8. The use or practice of such a game; a single match at play; a single contest; as, a game at cards.

    Talk the game o'er between the deal. Lloyd.

  9. 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 other thing waged upon the issue of the contest; to gamble.
  10. 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.
  11. In some games, a point credited on the score to the player whose cards counts up the highest.
  12. A scheme or art employed in the pursuit of an object or purpose; method of procedure; projected line of operations; plan; project.

    Your murderous game is nearly up. Blackw. Mag.

    It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the greatest literary champion of the cause he had set himself to attack. Saintsbury.

  13. Animals pursued and taken by sportsmen; wild meats designed for, or served at, table.

    Those species of animals . . . distinguished from the rest by the well-known appellation of game. Blackstone.

    Confidence game. See under Confidence. -- To make game of, to make sport of; to mock. Milton.

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Game

GAME, noun

1. Sport of any kind.

2. Jest; opposed to earnest; as, betwixt earnest and game [Not used.]

3. An exercise or play for amusement or winning a stake; as a game of cricket; a game of chess; a game of whist. Some games depend on skill; others on hazard.

4. A single match at play.

5. Advantage in play; as, to play the game into another's hand.

6. Scheme pursued; measures planned.

This seems to be the present game of that crown.

7. Field sports; the chase, falconry, etc.

8. Animals pursued or taken in the chase, or in the sports of the field; animals appropriated in England to legal sportsmen; as deer, hares, etc.

9. In antiquity, games were public diversions or contests exhibited as spectacles for the gratification of the people. These games consisted of running, leaping, wrestling, riding, etc. Such were the Olympic games, the Pythian, the Isthmian, the Nemean, etc., among the Greeks; and among the Romans, the Apollinarian, the Circensian, the Capitoline, etc.

10. Mockery; sport; derision; as, to make game of a person.

GAME, verb intransitive To play at any sport or diversion.

1. 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 other thing waged upon the issue of the contest.

2. To practice gaming.

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IT, pron. [L. id.]

1. A substitute or pronoun of the neuter gender, sometimes called demonstrative, and standing for any thing except males and females, "Keep thy heart with all diligence,for out of it are the issues of life." Prov. 9. Here it is the substitute for heart.

2. It is much used as the nominative case or word to verbs called impersonal; as it rains; it snows. In this case,there is no determinate thing to which it can be referred.

In other cases, it may be referred to matter, affair, or some other word. Is it come to this?

3. Very often, it is used to introduce a sentence, preceding a verb as a nominative, but referring to a clause or distinct member of the sentence. "It is well ascertained, that the figure of the earth is an oblate spheroid." What is well ascertained?

The answer will show: the figure of the earth is an oblate spheroid; it [that] is well ascertained. Here it represents the clause of the sentence,"the figure of the earth," &c. If the order of the sentence is inverted, the use of it is superseded. The figure of the earth is an oblate spheroid; that is well ascertained.

It, like that, is often a substitute for a sentence or clause of a sentence.

4. It often begins a sentence, when a personal pronoun, or the name of a person, or a masculine noun follows. It is I: be not afraid. It was Judas who betrayed Christ. When a question is asked, it follows the verb; as, who was it that betrayed Christ?

5. It is used also for the state of a person or affair.

How is it with our general?

6. It is used after intransitive verbs very indefinitely and sometimes ludicrously, but rarely in an elevated style.

If Abraham brought all with him, it is not probable he meant to walk it back for his pleasure.

The Lacedemonians, at the straits of Thermopylae, when their arms failed them, fought it out with nails and teeth.

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