2. 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." (Cowper)
Among the ancients, especially the Greeks and Romans, there were regularly recurring public exhibitions of strength, agility, and skill under the patronage of the government, usually accompanied with religious ceremonies. Such were the Olympic, the Pythian, the Nemean, and the Isthmian games.
6. 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." (Blackw. Mag) "It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the greatest literary champion of the cause he had set himself to attack." (Saintsbury)
7. 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." (Blackstone) Confidence game. See Confidence. To make game of, to make sport of; to mock.
Origin: 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.
3. 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 other thing waged upon the issue of the contest; to gamble.
Origin: OE. Gamen, gameen, to rejoice, AS. Gamenian to play. See Game.
2. Of or pertaining to such animals as are hunted for game, or to the act or practice of hunting. Game bag, a sportsman's bag for carrying small game captured; also, the whole quantity of game taken. Game bird, any bird commonly shot for food, especially. Grouse, partridges, quails, pheasants, wild turkeys, and the shore or wading birds, such as plovers, snipe, woodcock, curlew, and sandpipers. The term is sometimes arbitrarily restricted to birds hunted by sportsmen, with dogs and guns. Game egg, an egg producing a gamecock. Game laws, laws regulating the seasons and manner of taking game for food or for sport. Game preserver, a land owner who regulates the killing of game on his estate with a view to its increase. To be game. To show a brave, unyielding spirit. To be victor in a game. To die game, to maintain a bold, unyielding spirit to the last; to die fighting.
(01 Mar 1998)
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