solitaire

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n solitaire a card game played by one person
    • n solitaire a dull grey North American thrush noted for its beautiful song
    • n solitaire extinct flightless bird related to the dodo
    • n solitaire a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Solitaire A game which one person can play alone; -- applied to many games of cards, etc.; also, to a game played on a board with pegs or balls, in which the object is, beginning with all the places filled except one, to remove all but one of the pieces by “jumping,” as in draughts.
    • Solitaire (Zoöl) A large extinct bird (Pezophaps solitaria) which formerly inhabited the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigeuz. It was larger and taller than the wild turkey. Its wings were too small for flight. Called also solitary.
    • Solitaire A person who lives in solitude; a recluse; a hermit.
    • Solitaire A single diamond in a setting; also, sometimes, a precious stone of any kind set alone. "Diamond solitaires blazing on his breast and wrists."
    • Solitaire (Zoöl) Any species of American thrushlike birds of the genus Myadestes. They are noted their sweet songs and retiring habits. Called also fly-catching thrush. A West Indian species (Myadestes sibilans) is called the invisible bird.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n solitaire A person who lives in solitude; a recluse; a hermit; a solitary.
    • n solitaire A precious stone, oftenest a diamond, set by itself, and not combined with other jewels.
    • n solitaire A loose necktie of black silk, resembling a ribbon, sometimes secured to the bag of the wig behind, and in front either falling loosely or secured by a brooch or similar jewel: a fashion for men in the eighteenth century.
    • n solitaire A game which one person can play alone. In particular and properly A game played on a board indented with thirty-three or thirty-seven hemispherical hollows, with an equal number of balls. One ball is removed from the board, and the empty hollow thus left enables pieces to be captured. The object of the player is to take by jumping, as in checkers, all the pieces except one without moving diagonally or over more than one space at a time; or else, by similar moves, to leave certain configurations.
    • n solitaire In ornithology:
    • n solitaire An extinct didine bird, Pezophaps solitarius. See Pezophaps.
    • n solitaire A fly-catching thrush of Jamaica, Myiadestes armillatus, which leads a retired life in wooded mountainous resorts; hence, any bird of this genus. The name was originally applied to the bird of Martinique, now known as M. genibarbis, Townsend's solitaire is a common bird of many parts of the western United States. All are fine songsters. See Myiadestes.
    • n solitaire The pensive thrush, Monticola or Petrocincla solitaria. See rock-thrush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Solitaire sol-i-tār′ a recluse or one who lives alone: a game played by one person with a board and balls: a card-game for one—patience: an ornament worn singly on the neck or wrist: a black silk tie fixed to the bag of the wig behind, worn in the 18th century.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Solitary

Usage

In literature:

Well, I didn't know where it would land me, but I wa'n't goin' to have her tag me for a solitaire spender.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Like a man returning drearily to his game of solitaire, Dorn fastened his eyes again upon the scene.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
A large solitaire costs much more than a number of small ones taking up as much space.
"Three Little Cousins" by Amy E. Blanchard
By that time my appetite has come back; so I holds up the butler and has him lay out a solitaire feed.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
The latter was smoking a cigarette and playing solitaire.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Take the diamond solitaire I wear in my great Steenkirk on Sundays.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
In playing solitaire at least we ought not to cheat.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
The Rhythmic Solitaires do not seem to have been largely used by Negroes for whole compositions.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
Afterward, he read the paper while Madame played solitaire.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
He is a tramp, a solitaire, a student at the sources of life.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Of all the birds on the Rockies, the one most marvelously eloquent is the solitaire.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
A solitaire and an unscarred wedding ring attested to the respectability of the association.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
From his description I told him I thought it was Townsend's solitaire, a bird I much wanted to see and hear.
"Camping with President Roosevelt" by John Burroughs
The captain was deep in a game of solitaire, but he looked up at McGuire's audible chuckle.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
There was no diamond solitaire on its third finger.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
Jayjay Kelvin was still methodically playing solitaire.
"Hanging by a Thread" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Captain Blake's game of solitaire had become an obsession.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
It is within these very walls in summer that he plays his famous game of solitaire.
"Seven Keys to Baldpate" by Earl Derr Biggers
It is not, therefore, in the case of the solitaires, fear of man which drives them to their secluded dwelling-places.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
It was a splendid solitaire diamond, worth many hundred crowns.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
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In poetry:

But kyards are sayin', "Solitaire,"
The bacon's fryin' prime;
The old sheep wagon's free from care
In late October time.
"October on the Sheep Range" by Arthur Chapman
One gem alone doth Como wear,
None other need adorn her breast;
'Tis this, her emerald solitaire,
Her unique island of the blest,--
The star beside her crescent shore,
A thing of beauty evermore.
"Isola Comacina" by John Lawson Stoddard
Onward rushes the world without,
But the breeze which over my garden steals
Brings from it merely a distant shout
Or the echo light of passing wheels;
In its din and drive I have now no share,
As I muse in my Promenade Solitaire.
"My "Promenade Solitaire"" by John Lawson Stoddard
Ah no! From my mountain-girdled height
I watch the game of the world go on,
And note the course of the bitter fight,
And what is lost and what is won;
And I judge of it better here than there,
As I gaze from my Promenade Solitaire.
"My "Promenade Solitaire"" by John Lawson Stoddard
Am I dead to the world, that I thus disdain
Its moil and toil in the prime of life,
When perhaps a score of years remain
To win more gold in its selfish strife?
Am I foolish to choose the purer air
Of my glorious Promenade Solitaire?
"My "Promenade Solitaire"" by John Lawson Stoddard
Backward and forward they run and crawl,
Houses and treasures they heap up high,
Hither and thither their booty haul, ...
Then suddenly drop in their tracks and die!
For few are wise enough to repair
In time to a Promenade Solitaire.
"My "Promenade Solitaire"" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Here's an "Office"-based online solitaire game for those times when things are quiet (i.e.
Solitaire Developer Says Game Will Go ' Massively Multiplayer'.
Bill Belichick seems like the kind of schemer who'll find a way to win somebody else's solitaire game.
On Monday night, I headed across the Microsoft campus to see a screening of " Solitaire " from Sweetgrass Productions.
Premiere of " Solitaire ".
Sweetgrass Productions' film " Solitaire " premieres in Denver.
That's what we expected to see when we started the trailer for Sweetgrass Productions' Solitaire .
' Solitaire ' by Jeff Wyckoff ' Solitaire '.
Soviet Photography, Surrealist Solitaire , Music Festivals and Broadway.
Fisherman Draws a Bad Hand with Computer Solitaire .
(AP) — A warm game of solitaire sometimes beats a cold day of ice fishing.
For those who love to win, I found a tutorial online, that boasts the ability to win at Solitaire every time.
Use AppLocker Policies to Block Solitaire .
MacroSystem Casablanca Solitaire Editing Appliance Review.
I realize that we pay the city employees whether they're "plowing slush" or playing solitaire back at the shop, but what a waste of fuel and wear and tear on city vehicles that results from this ridiculous waste of Elburn taxpayers money.
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In science:

We consider a stochastic variant of the game of Bulgarian solitaire .
Random Bulgarian solitaire
For the stationary measure of the random Bulgarian solitaire, we prove that most of its mass is concentrated on (roughly) triangular configurations of certain type.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
N ; for obvious reasons, it will be referred to as the random Bulgarian solitaire.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
Thus, we see that Bulgarian solitaire “likes” triangular configurations, and so we may expect some kind of similar behaviour from the random Bulgarian solitaire.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
There is no possibility, however, to obtain exact results of the form of those of the previous paragraph, since random Bulgarian solitaire is a finite irreducible Markov chain, so it visits all its states infinitely many times a.s.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
Also, let us remark here that the question of how fast the deterministic Bulgarian solitaire approximates the triangle has not been yet studied in the literature.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
First, we state the result about the time to approximate the triangular configuration for the deterministic Bulgarian solitaire (i.e., with p = 1).
Random Bulgarian solitaire
In Section 3 there are some more comments and open problems related to the Bulgarian solitaire (both deterministic and random).
Random Bulgarian solitaire
Then, we show how the moves of Bulgarian solitaire are performed on this diagram and discuss its other properties.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
Before starting the proofs, we need to describe another representation of a particular state of (deterministic) Bulgarian solitaire, which we call an Etienne diagram (cf. ).
Random Bulgarian solitaire
Bulgarian solitaire, because the total number of added particles is relatively small, and they cannot be very concentrated (Lemma 2.7 takes care of the latter statement).
Random Bulgarian solitaire
The author is thankful to Pablo Ferrari for many useful discussions about the random Bulgarian solitaire, and to Ira Gessel, who posed the problem of finding the limiting shape for that model during the Open Problems session at the conference Discrete Random Walks 2003 (IHP, Paris).
Random Bulgarian solitaire
Bentz (1987) Proof of the Bulgarian solitaire conjectures.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
Etienne (1991) Tableaux de Young et solitaire bulgare. J.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
Igusa (1985) Solution of the Bulgarian solitaire conjecture.
Random Bulgarian solitaire
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