• WordNet 3.6
    • adj game willing to face danger
    • adj game disabled in the feet or legs "a crippled soldier","a game leg"
    • v game place a bet on "Which horse are you backing?","I'm betting on the new horse"
    • n game an amusement or pastime "they played word games","he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time","his life was all fun and games"
    • n game a contest with rules to determine a winner "you need four people to play this game"
    • n game a single play of a sport or other contest "the game lasted two hours"
    • n game frivolous or trifling behavior "for actors, memorizing lines is no game","for him, life is all fun and games"
    • n game your occupation or line of work "he's in the plumbing game","she's in show biz"
    • n game animal hunted for food or sport
    • n game the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game "the child received several games for his birthday"
    • n game a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal) "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor","I saw through his little game from the start"
    • n game the flesh of wild animals that is used for food
    • n game (games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win "the game is 6 all","he is serving for the game"
    • n game (tennis) a division of play during which one player serves
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"She wouldn't let her Ned play games at home." "She wouldn't let her Ned play games at home."
Childrens’ games depicted on Dutch delftware fireplace tiles are very similar to the games children play today. The tiles were made in Holland almost 300 years ago Childrens’ games depicted on Dutch delftware fireplace tiles are very similar to the games children play today. The...
Cochran was game to the end Cochran was game to the end
Exeter-Andover game, 1915 Exeter-Andover game, 1915
Columbia back in the game, 1915 Columbia back in the game, 1915
Ainsworth, Yale's terror in an uphill game Ainsworth, Yale's terror in an uphill game
The Old Greene County Game The Old Greene County Game

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pitcher Darold Knowles once pitched all seven games of one World Series
    • Game 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."
    • Game 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.""It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the greatest literary champion of the cause he had set himself to attack."
    • Game 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 ."
    • a Game Crooked; lame; as, a game leg.
    • Game 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."
    • Game (Card Playing) In some games, a point credited on the score to the player whose cards counts up the highest.
    • Game Of or pertaining to such animals as are hunted for game, or to the act or practice of hunting.
    • Game Sport of any kind; jest, frolic. "We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game ."
    • Game 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 .
    • Game 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."
    • Game To play at any sport or diversion.
    • Game 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 some other thing waged upon the issue of the contest; to gamble.
    • Game To rejoice; to be pleased; -- often used, in Old English, impersonally with dative. "God loved he best with all his whole hearte
      At alle times, though him gamed or smarte."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long, which is seventy straight days
    • n game Mirth; amusement; play; sport of any kind; joke; jest, as opposed to earnest: as, to make game of a person, or of his pretensions or actions (now the chief use of the word in this sense). See to make game of, below.
    • n game A play or sport for amusement or diversion.
    • n game A contest for success or superiority in a trial of chance, skill, or endurance, or of any two or all three of these combined: as, a game at cards, dice, or roulette; the games of billiards, draughts, and dominoes; athletic games; the Floral games. The games of classical antiquity were chiefly public trials of athletic skill and endurance, as in throwing the discus, wrestling, boxing, leaping, running, horse- and chariot-racing, etc. They were exhibited either periodically, usually in honor of some god, as the Olympic, Pythian, Nemean, and Isthmian games of Greece, the Ludi A pollinares at Rome, etc., or from time to time for the amusement of the people, as the Circensian games at Rome. The prizes in the Greek periodical games were generally without intrinsic value, as garlands or wreaths of olive- or laurel-leaves, of parsley, etc.; but at the Panathenaic games of Athens the prizes were quantities of olive-oil from the consecrated orchards, given in a special type of painted amphoræ, of which a hundred or more might constitute a single prize. The four great Greek national games formed the strongest bond in the nature of a national union between the various independent Greek states. At them any person of Hellenic blood had the right to contest for the victory, the most highly esteemed honor in Greece; and citizens of all states, however hostile, met at these games in peace.
    • n game The art or mode of playing at a game: as, he plays a remarkable game.
    • n game The successful result of a game, or that which is staked on the result: as, the game is ours.
    • n game The requisite number of points or advantages to be gained in order to win a game: as, in cribbage 61 is game or the game.
    • n game A scheme; plan; project; artifice.
    • n game Amorous sport; gallantry; intrigue.
    • n game Sport in the field; field-sports, as the chase, falconry, etc.
    • n game That which is pursued or taken in hunting; the spoil of the chase; quarry; prey.
    • n game Collectively, animals of the chase; those wild animals that are pursued or taken for sport or profit, in hunting, trapping, fowling, or fishing; specifically, the animals useful to man, and whose preservation is therefore desirable, which are enumerated under this designation in the game-laws regulating their pursuit.
    • n game A game-fowl or game-cock. See phrases below.
    • n game A flock: said of swans.
    • n game The scheme has failed; all is at an end.
    • game Of or belonging to such animals as are hunted as game: as, game animals; a game pie.
    • game Having a plucky spirit, like that of a game-cock; courageous; unyielding: as, to die game.
    • game Having the spirit or will to do something; equal to some adventure or exploit: as, are you game for a run or a swim?
    • game To play at any sport or diversion.
    • game To gamble; play for a stake, prize, or wager with cards, dice, balls, etc., according to certain rules. See gaming.
    • game To be glad; rejoice; receive pleasure: sometimes used impersonally with the dative.
    • game To stake or lose at play; gamble (away).
    • game Crooked; lame: as, a game leg.
    • n game Specifically— A part of a rubber. The victors in two games out of three win the rubber.
    • n game One of the points to be scored in all-fours, as high, low, jack, and the game.
    • n game The number of players necessary, or required by the rules, for playing a game; a ‘set.’
    • n game In old archery, a meeting or public competition of archers.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the longest Monopoly game played in a bathtub is ninety-nine hours
    • n Game gām sport of any kind: an exercise or contest for recreation or amusement, esp. athletic contests: the stake in a game: the manner of playing a game: the requisite number of points to be gained to win a game: jest, sport, trick, artifice: any object of pursuit or desire:
    • adj Game of or belonging to such animals as are hunted as game: plucky, courageous:
    • v.i Game to gamble
    • adj Game gām (slang) crooked, lame.
    • n Game gām (Shak.) gallantry: the spoil of the chase: wild animals protected by law and hunted by sportsmen, the flesh of such—hares, pheasants, partridges, grouse, blackcock
    • adj Game (slang) having the spirit to do something
    • ***


  • Christopher Reeve
    Christopher Reeve
    “You play the hand you're dealt. I think the game's worthwhile.”
  • Yogi Berra
    “Ninety percent of this game is half mental.”
  • Billy Martin
    Billy Martin
    “Most people miss the great part mental outlook plays in this game.”
  • Bill Tilden
    Bill Tilden
    “Never change a winning game; always change a losing one.”
  • Yogi Berra
    “The game isn't over until it's over.”
  • Jerry Kramer
    Jerry Kramer
    “When the game is over it is really just beginning.”


Beat them at their own game - If you beat someone at their own game, you use your enemy's tactics or tricks in order to win.
Fair game - If something or someone is fair game, then it is acceptable to target, criticise or attack them.
Football's a game of two halves - (UK) If something's a game of two halves, it means that it's possible for someone's fortunes or luck to change and the person who's winning could end up a loser.
Game on - When someone says 'Game on!', it means that they are accepting a challenge or ready to get something done.
Game plan - A game plan is a strategy.
On the game - (UK) A person who is on the game works as a prostitute.
Pick-up game - (USA) A pick-up game is something unplanned where people respond to events as they happen.
Skin in the game - A person who has skin in the game has invested in the company they are running.
Still in the game - If someone is still in the game, they may be having troubles competing, but they are not yet finished and may come back.
Whole new ball game - If something's a whole new ball game, it is completely new or different.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. game, gamen, AS. gamen, gomen, play, sport; akin to OS., OHG., & Icel. gaman, Dan. gammen, mirth, merriment, OSw. gamman, joy. Cf. Gammon a game, Backgammon Gamble (v. i.)


In literature:

Thus, a new game was swiftly arranged, and some brighter soul among them christened it the D. I. F. game.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
If Will had not played the game, at any rate he would.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Boy, in this game it's here to-day and gone to-morrow.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
I heerd Carrots say it 'ud be a good game to roll one on 'em in the sludge.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
The only unknown quantity was the spirit or gameness of us two.
"Gold" by Stewart White
They had won three games and lost only one, and that by a close score, when the day came for the Mount Vernon game.
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
This brilliant game, played at the Munich tournament, 1900, would be unique had the combinations occurred spontaneously in the game.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
Outdoor games for girls and outdoor games for boys are very often the same, although they are separated here for the sake of convenience.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
But now the game was on, the game of sheer diplomacy.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
"The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods" by Herbert Carter

In poetry:

A tear rolled down his pinafore,
"Yet from my life must pass
The simple love of sun and moon,
The old games in the grass;
"Envoy" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Lord of the winds and waters,
Bring our ship to her mark,
Safe from this game of hide-and-seek
With murderers in the dark!
"Homeward Bound" by Henry Van Dyke
Wonder what they'll have for tea;
Hope the jam is strawberry.
Wonder what the dance and game;
Feel so very glad they came.
"First Arrivals" by Kate Greenaway
There, where the rock-hewn circles
O'erlooked the Roman's game,
The veil of sleep fell on him,
And his thought a dream became.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She loved the games men played with death,
Where death must win;
As though the slain man’s blood and breath
Revived Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
And let my brothers come with me
To play our old games yet again,
Children on earth, more full of glee
That we in heaven are men.
"A Prayer for the Past: All sights and sounds of day and yea" by George MacDonald

In news:

A fan at a San Francisco Giants' game holds up a sign in support of Melky Cabrera's 50-game suspension.
Boston general manager Ben Cherington and manager Bobby Valentine both met with the media before Monday's game, and neither was at the top of his game.
The rubber game of the three-game series is this afternoon at 2:05 MT at AT&T Park (TV: Root Sports).
The Dallas Stars had a couple of rough games to finish their recent four game road trip, and their return home was even rougher.
Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Conference Playoffs Game 2 Plain Dealer beat writers Mary Schmitt Boyer and Brian Windhorst talk about game two of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday April 21, 2009.
Since its beginning in 2001, the UCI Game Culture and Technology Lab has brought emphasis to the Orange County gaming community.
Sunday is a busy day for sports fans — a slew of baseball games will be on (including Rays-Mets and Yankees-Marlins games) and the Sonoma Nascar race is taking place.
Game Warden Exam is May 18 Individuals interested in taking the game warden exam scheduled for May 18 are reminded to submit a letter of intent to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department before 5 pm, May 17.
Hammel to start potential Game 5 and other Game 4 pre-game notes.
Knock on wood, Koivu will play 1,000th game koivu, game, lot, games, guys, cancer, milestone, wood, center, most.
Thanks to the first game of Sunday's Yankees-Orioles doubleheader, Derek Jeter has played in 2,402 games as a Yankee, passing Mickey Mantle as the team's all-time leader in games played.
In praising US coach Jurgen Klinsmann as lavishly for his lineup changes for the second game against Jamaica as he'd been criticized for choices in game one, not many of those commenting focused on a common element of the two games.
Now that Tuesday's game has now become an official game, Ivan Rodriguez has tied the Carlton Fisk's all-time record for games caught with 2,226.
Sandstorm Productions has added Giant Tree House to its portfolio of game design studios, which already includes Glowfly games, Closet Nerd Games, Posthuman Studios and Wildfire LLC.
Sandstorm Productions has added Giant Tree House to its portfolio of game design studios, which already includes Glowfly games, Closet Nerd Games, Posthuman Studios and Wildfire LLC.

In science:

The Parrondo game is one in which a random combination of two losing games produces a winning game.
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms
In particular, Parrondo and co-workers showed that two losing classical games, A and B, could be combined to create a winning game .
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms
Comparing to previous realizations of classical Parrondo’s games, our rotating-vector realization produces a much higher winning rate for the combined game (A ⊕ B ) even though the losing rates for games A and B are greater.
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms
We note that Parrondo games are one-person games, hence the present discussions only refer to ‘the player’ (in contrast to the quantum games of Refs. [3, 4]).
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms
Game A ⊕ B : The player now plays a combined game in which he randomly selects either A or B at each timestep.
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms