Definition of Gambling

1. Noun. The act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize). "There was heavy play at the blackjack table"

Exact synonyms: Gaming, Play
Generic synonyms: Diversion, Recreation, Vice
Specialized synonyms: Sporting Life, Bet, Wager, Gambling Game, Game Of Chance, Throw
Derivative terms: Gamble, Game, Play, Play, Play, Play

Definition of Gambling

1. Verb. (present participle of gamble) ¹

2. Noun. An activity characterised by a balance between winning and losing that is governed by a mixture of skill and chance. ¹

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Definition of Gambling

1. gamble [v] - See also: gamble

Medical Definition of Gambling

1. An activity distinguished primarily by an element of risk in trying to obtain a desired goal, e.g., playing a game of chance for money. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Gambling

gambling (current term)
gambling casino
gambling contract
gambling den
gambling game
gambling hell
gambling house
gambling system
gamboge tree
gambogenic acid

Literary usage of Gambling

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1902)
"THE gambling IMPULSE. By CLEMENS J. FRANCE. The present study is an attempt to investigate the origin and nature of the instincts and motives involved in ..."

2. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1895)
"Criticism of gambling provokes the inquiry, why gambling is wrong. The best short answer is the remark of Mirabeau, " There are but three ways that I know ..."

3. Cyclopedia of American Government by Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin, Albert Bushnell Hart (1914)
"Throughout the United States such gambling contracts are declared invalid ... In many states, also, gambling on credit is prevented by statutes annulling ..."

4. Democracy and Liberty by William Edward Hartpole, Lecky (1896)
"PUBLIC gambling HOUSES III Mill, that public gambling houses do not make gambling, but only concentrate it in particular places, and in some measure ..."

5. The Nineteenth Century (1889)
"MODERN gambling AND gambling LAWS. THE frequency with which cases involving the application of our gambling laws have of late been brought under the notice ..."

6. Darkness and Daylight; Or, Lights and Shadows of New York Life: A Woman's by Helen Campbell, Thomas Wallace Knox, Thomas Byrnes (1892)
"A Flourishing Evil — A Night Visit ton Fashionable gambling-House — How Entrance is ... IN spite of all the laws that have been made against it, gambling in ..."

7. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"gambling, or GAMING, is the staking of money or other thing of value on the ... It is not gambling, m the strict sense, if a bet is laid on the issue of a ..."

8. Bouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle (1914)
"A common gambler is one who furnishes facilities for gambling, ... A gambling policy is a life-insurance policy taken out by one who has no insurable ..."

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