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deal

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Deal \Deal\ (d[=e]l), noun [OE. del, deel, part, AS. d[=ae]l; akin to OS. d[=e]l, D. & Dan. deel, G. theil, teil, Icel. deild, Sw. del, Goth. dails. [root]65. Cf. 3d {Dole}.]

1. A part or portion; a share; hence, an indefinite quantity, degree, or extent, degree, or extent; as, a deal of time and trouble; a deal of cold.

Three tenth deals [parts of an ephah] of flour. --Num. xv. 9.

As an object of science it [the Celtic genius] may count for a good deal . . . as a spiritual power. --M. Arnold.

She was resolved to be a good deal more circumspect. --W. Black.

Note: It was formerly limited by some, every, never a, a thousand, etc.; as, some deal; but these are now obsolete or vulgar. In general, we now qualify the word with great or good, and often use it adverbially, by being understood; as, a great deal of time and pains; a great (or good) deal better or worse; that is, better by a great deal, or by a great part or difference.

2. The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the portion disturbed.

The deal, the shuffle, and the cut. --Swift.

3. Distribution; apportionment. [Colloq.]

4. An arrangement to attain a desired result by a combination of interested parties; -- applied to stock speculations and political bargains. [Slang]

5. [Prob. from D. deel a plank, threshing floor. See {Thill}.] The division of a piece of timber made by sawing; a board or plank; particularly, a board or plank of fir or pine above seven inches in width, and exceeding six feet in length. If narrower than this, it is called a batten; if shorter, a deal end.

Note: Whole deal is a general term for planking one and one half inches thick.

6. Wood of the pine or fir; as, a floor of deal.

{Deal tree}, a fir tree. --Dr. Prior.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Deal \Deal\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Dealt} (d[e^]lt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Dealing}.] [OE. delen, AS. d[=ae]lan, fr. d[=ae]l share; akin to OS. d[=e]lian, D. deelen, G. theilen, teilen, Icel. deila, Sw. dela, Dan. dele, Goth. dailjan. See {Deal}, noun]

1. To divide; to separate in portions; hence, to give in portions; to distribute; to bestow successively; -- sometimes with out.

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry? --Is. lviii. 7.

And Rome deals out her blessings and her gold. --Tickell.

The nightly mallet deals resounding blows. --Gay.

Hissing through the skies, the feathery deaths were dealt. --Dryden.

2. Specifically: To distribute, as cards, to the players at the commencement of a game; as, to deal the cards; to deal one a jack.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Deal \Deal\, verb (used without an object)

1. To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.

2. To do a distributing or retailing business, as distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to traffic; to trade; to do business; as, he deals in flour.

They buy and sell, they deal and traffic. --South.

This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other petty merchants deal but for parcels. --Dr. H. More.

3. To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or with.

Sometimes he that deals between man and man, raiseth his own credit with both, by pretending greater interest than he hath in either. --Bacon.

4. To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.

If he will deal clearly and impartially, . . . he will acknowledge all this to be true. --Tillotson.

5. To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal with.

{To deal by}, to treat, either well or ill; as, to deal well by servants. "Such an one deals not fairly by his own mind." --Locke.

{To deal in}. (a) To have to do with; to be engaged in; to practice; as, they deal in political matters. (b) To buy and sell; to furnish, as a retailer or wholesaler; as, they deal in fish.

{To deal with}. (a) To treat in any manner; to use, whether well or ill; to have to do with; specifically, to trade with. "Dealing with witches." --Shak. (b) To reprove solemnly; to expostulate with.

The deacons of his church, who, to use their own phrase, "dealt with him" on the sin of rejecting the aid which Providence so manifestly held out. --Hawthorne.

Return . . . and I will deal well with thee. --Gen. xxxii. 9.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

deal

noun

1: a particular instance of buying or selling; "it was a package deal"; "I had no further trade with him"; "he's a master of the business deal" [syn: {deal}, {trade}, {business deal}]

2: an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each; "he made a bargain with the devil"; "he rose to prominence through a series of shady deals" [syn: {bargain}, {deal}]

3: (often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money" [syn: {batch}, {deal}, {flock}, {good deal}, {great deal}, {hatful}, {heap}, {lot}, {mass}, {mess}, {mickle}, {mint}, {mountain}, {muckle}, {passel}, {peck}, {pile}, {plenty}, {pot}, {quite a little}, {raft}, {sight}, {slew}, {spate}, {stack}, {tidy sum}, {wad}]

4: a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)

5: wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir) [syn: {softwood}, {deal}]

6: the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand" [syn: {hand}, {deal}]

7: the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement); "he got a good deal on his car"

8: the act of distributing playing cards; "the deal was passed around the table clockwise"

9: the act of apportioning or distributing something; "the captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"

verb

1: act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China" [syn: {cover}, {treat}, {handle}, {plow}, {deal}, {address}]

2: take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the case of China"; "Consider the following case" [syn: {consider}, {take}, {deal}, {look at}]

3: take action with respect to (someone or something); "How are we going to deal with this problem?"; "The teacher knew how to deal with these lazy students"

4: come to terms with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day" [syn: {cope}, {get by}, {make out}, {make do}, {contend}, {grapple}, {deal}, {manage}]

5: administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks" [syn: {distribute}, {administer}, {mete out}, {deal}, {parcel out}, {lot}, {dispense}, {shell out}, {deal out}, {dish out}, {allot}, {dole out}]

6: do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes" [syn: {deal}, {sell}, {trade}]

7: be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old" [syn: {manage}, {deal}, {care}, {handle}]

8: behave in a certain way towards others; "He deals fairly with his employees"

9: distribute cards to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"

10: direct the course of; manage or control; "You cannot conduct business like this" [syn: {conduct}, {carry on}, {deal}]

11: give out as one's portion or share [syn: {share}, {divvy up}, {portion out}, {apportion}, {deal}]

12: give (a specific card) to a player; "He dealt me the Queen of Spades"

13: sell; "deal hashish"

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