odds

Definitions

  • Light's servants were very odd
    Light's servants were very odd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n odds the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring
    • n odds the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another "he offered odds of two to one"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The odds of having quadruplets are 1 in 729,000
    • Odds Difference in favor of one and against another; excess of one of two things or numbers over the other; inequality; advantage; superiority; hence, excess of chances; probability. The odds are often expressed by a ratio; as, the odds are three to one that he will win, i. e. he will win three times out of four "Preëminent by so much odds .""The fearful odds of that unequal fray.""The odds Is that we scarce are men and you are gods.""There appeared, at least, four to one odds against them.""All the odds between them has been the different scope . . . given to their understandings to range in.""Judging is balancing an account and determining on which side the odds lie."
    • Odds Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phrase at odds. "Set them into confounding odds .""I can not speak
      Any beginning to this peevish odds ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The odds against a royal flush in poker are exactly 649,739 to 1.
    • odds Inequality; difference, especially in favor of one and against another; excess in favor of one as compared with another.
    • odds Hence Advantage; superiority.
    • odds In betting, the amount or proportion by which the bet of one party to a wager exceeds that of the other: as, to lay or give odds.
    • odds Hence Probability or degree of probability in favor of that on which odds are laid.
    • odds In certain games, equalizing allowance given to a weaker side or player by a stronger, as a piece at chess or points at tennis; an allowance as handicap.
    • odds Er. You that are so good a Gamester ought to give me Odds.
    • odds Quarrel; dispute; debate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The odds of being born male are about 51.2%, according to census.
    • n.pl Odds odz inequality: difference in favour of one against another: more than an even wager: the amount or proportion by which the bet of one exceeds that of another: advantage: dispute: scraps, miscellaneous pieces, as in the phrase Odds and ends (lit. 'points' and ends)
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Quotations

  • Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer
    “Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    “Is it not odd that the only generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stockbroker.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
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    “And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?”
  • Theodore Roethke
    Theodore Roethke
    “What is madness but nobility of soul. At odds with circumstance?”
  • Tom Stoppard
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    “Life is a gamble at terrible odds, if it were a bet, you would not take it.”
  • Barry Bonds
    Barry Bonds
    “I like to be against the odds. I'm not afraid to be lonely at the top. With me, it's just the satisfaction of the game. Just performance.”

Idioms

At odds - If you are at odds with someone, you cannot agree with them and argue.
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Odds and ends - Odds and ends are small, remnant articles and things- the same as 'bits and bobs'.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Odd (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. oddi, a triangle, odd number—Ice. oddr, point; cf. A.S. ord, point.

Usage

In literature:

When anything happens in an odd way at sea, it is as odd again as anything that occurs on land, my boy, you may depend.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
I often wonder whether, if he had been franker, I should have found him less odd than I supposed, or more odd still.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
Square the odds, and good-night Sir Walter about sixty.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Odd how one nation's prettiness is another's grotesque.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
Jim Morris, Professor of Odd Jobs for the country side, made the coffin, dug the grave, and managed the funeral.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Oddly enough she looked at her gown.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
He was set to do odd jobs about the farm.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
It seemed odd to think that such a short while before it had been in the hands of a Boche.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
She drank it, and an odd sparkle of mischief shot up in her great eyes.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
What an odd queer kind of fortune had been told her!
"The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
That odd penny looks queer, but it is all right.
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
What's the odds, so long as Edith is there to stand by you?
"The Husbands of Edith" by George Barr McCutcheon
The smoke of many guns filled the air so that the heads thrust at him seemed oddly detached from bodies.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Life was a battle in which the odds were fearfully uneven; for it was my father and myself against the world.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
All the same, the cousin's name fell rather oddly on the advanced air.
"Angela's Business" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
We were an odd couple.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
Odd that a woman should be in charge .
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
She was sure of it, against all odds.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Eleven mains, two byes, and one turn out for five guineas the battle, and ten guineas the odd.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
The streets, oddly enough, grew grander and narrower.
"The Celebrity at Home" by Violet Hunt
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In poetry:

And last of all God fashioned a form,
And gave it, what was odd,
The loyal heart, and the roving eye;
And he whistled, light of care.
"In The Workshop" by Bliss William Carman
Lady, who are these others in the moon's vat —-
Sleepdrunk, their limbs at odds?
In this light the blood is black.
Tell me my name.
"Maenad" by Sylvia Plath
I live in earth, which is not odd;
But lo, I also live in God:
A spirit without flesh and blood,
Yet with them both to yield me food.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Though we assume with lapsing breath
Eternal is the sleep of death,
Would it not be divinely odd
To wake and find that - "God is God."
"Suppose?" by Robert W Service
But I hope that the preacher will not think
It unorthodox and odd
If I add that I glimpse in "the Mistress"
A hint of the Unknown God.
"Lenten Thoughts Of A High Anglican" by Sir John Betjeman
But put together, odds and ends,
Picked up from enemies and friends
See, bits of thread, and bits of rag,
Just like a little rubbish-bag!
"The Sparrow's Nest" by Mary Botham Howitt

In news:

Potato chip lovers are an odd bunch -- most stick to a single flavor and refuse to be convinced that salt and vinegar is, in fact, better than barbecue (it is, for the record).
Bannerman 's Castle, the romantic turn-of-the-century ruin on an island in the middle of the Hudson River, has withstood storms and fires over the past hundred-odd years.
Defying the odds, Boulder country-rock group is riding hard.
When a single animal beaches itself, the odds against its survival are great, according to SeaWorld.
The two have become a political odd couple since the storm — each offering praise for the other's leadership.
Google's 11th Birthday Gift : Another Odd Logo.
Madonna was in Washington, DC on Monday, and offered an odd take on politics and President Barack Obama.
What are the odds of that happening.
An odd couple on the surface By Michael O'Sullivan Friday, Mar 23, 2012.
In SPIN's eight-out-of-10 review of Yeasayer's 2010 album Odd Blood, we praised the Brooklyn psych-rockers' bold and flamboyant dance sound, and asked, "What's coming next".
Fifty-Fifty: The Odds of Graduating.
Odds are you haven't either.
Twenty years after high school graduation, if anyone has become famous or infamous, odds are it isn't the star quarterback.
Each year, Las Cruces and Dona Ana County see a fair share of odd and unusual news events.
Spreading Risk, Increasing Your Odds.
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In science:

In sections 8 and 9, we use the strategies in sections 6 and 7 to treat the special cases when f has a periodic point of odd period m ≥ 3 but no periodic points of odd periods ℓ with ℓ odd and 1 < ℓ < m.
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
Since g has no periodic points of any odd periods ≥ 3, g has period-(2j ) points which are also period-(2j ) points of f for all odd j ≥ 3.
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
Since g has no period-j points for any odd 3 ≤ j ≤ m − 2, g has period-(2j ) points for all odd 3 ≤ j ≤ m which are also periodic points of f with the same periods.
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
If r is odd, let J0 be the smallest closed interval which contains f i (xs ) for all even i in [0, r − 1] and let J1 be the smallest closed interval which contains f j (xs ) for all odd j in [1, r ].
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
In the following, we show that if m ≥ 3 is odd and f has no period-ℓ points with ℓ odd and 1 < ℓ < m, then P is a ˇStefan orbit and f has periodic points of all even periods and all periods > m.
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
Then there is an odd integer 1 < m ≤ n such that f has a period-m point and no periodic points of odd periods ℓ with 1 < ℓ < m.
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
In particular, when m ≥ 3 is odd, this establishes (b) and when m ≥ 4 is even, this shows that f has periodic points of odd periods > m.
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
In the following, we show that if m ≥ 3 is odd and f has no periodic points of odd period ℓ with 1 < ℓ < m, then f has periodic points of all even periods and P is a ˇStefan orbit (see also ).
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
Then there is an odd integer 1 < m ≤ n such that f has a period-m point and no periodic points of odd periods ℓ with 1 < ℓ < m.
A collection of simple proofs of Sharkovsky's theorem
Recall ([BGL1]) that we normalize the Cartan matrix A so that Aii = 1 or 0 if the ith root is odd, whereas if the ith root is even, we set Aii = 2 or 0 in which case we write ¯0 instead of 0 in order not to confuse with the case of odd roots.
New simple modular Lie superalgebras as generalized prolongs
It is important to note that C(s) belongs to the odd sector and therefore is affected by βm with m odd only.
Wetting transition on a one-dimensional disorder
The superspace measure d ˜θdθ is odd under (−1)FLW , so the function T (X, Y ) must be odd as well, linking only X coordinates and Y coordinates.
Charting the landscape of supercritical string theory
The odd cat is well approximated by a squeezed single photon for small amplitudes α and small amounts of squeezing r. A single photon squeezed by r = 0.31 would have a fidelity of 0.997 with an odd cat of amplitude α = 1.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
The squeezed vacuum is orthogonal to an odd cat state, so the fidelity of the state given by (62) and an odd cat state is (1 − p)F (r, α).
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
Also, when we consider the time-changed walk W r there will be no problem in allowing (T = ∞) > 0, where we may assume either that “Tn is odd” is false, or that “Tn is odd” is true if Tn = ∞, whichever one prefers.
Diffusion constants and martingales for senile random walks
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