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Webster 1913 Edition


Deal

Deal

(dēl)
,
Noun.
[OE.
del
,
deel
, part, AS.
dǣl
; akin to OS.
dēl
, D. & Dan.
deel
, G.
theil
,
teil
, Icel.
deild
, Sw.
del
, Goth.
dails
. √65. Cf. 3d
Dole
.]
1.
A part or portion; a share; hence, an indefinite quantity, degree, or extent, degree, or extent;
as, a
deal
of time and trouble; a
deal
of cold.
Three tenth
deals
[parts of an ephah] of flour.
Num. xv. 9.
As an object of science it [the Celtic genius] may count for a good
deal
. . . as a spiritual power.
M. Arnold.
She was resolved to be a good
deal
more circumspect.
W. Black.
☞ It was formerly limited by some, every, never a, a thousand, etc.; as, some deal; but these are now obsolete or vulgar. In general, we now qualify the word with great or good, and often use it adverbially, by being understood; as, a great deal of time and pains; a great (or good) deal better or worse; that is, better by a great deal, or by a great part or difference.
2.
The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the portion disturbed.
The
deal
, the shuffle, and the cut.
Swift.
3.
Distribution; apportionment.
[Colloq.]
4.
An arrangement to attain a desired result by a combination of interested parties; – applied to stock speculations and political bargains.
[Slang]
5.
[Prob. from D.
deel
a plank, threshing floor. See
Thill
.]
The division of a piece of timber made by sawing; a board or plank; particularly, a board or plank of fir or pine above seven inches in width, and exceeding six feet in length. If narrower than this, it is called a batten; if shorter, a deal end.
Whole deal is a general term for planking one and one half inches thick.
6.
Wood of the pine or fir;
as, a floor of
deal
.
Deal tree
,
a fir tree.
Dr. Prior.

Deal

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Dealt
(dĕlt)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Dealing
.]
[OE.
delen
, AS.
dǣlan
, fr.
dǣl
share; akin to OS.
dēlian
, D.
deelen
, G.
theilen
,
teilen
, Icel.
deila
, Sw.
dela
, Dan.
dele
, Goth.
dailjan
. See
Deal
,
Noun.
]
1.
To divide; to separate in portions; hence, to give in portions; to distribute; to bestow successively; – sometimes with out.
Is it not to
deal
thy bread to the hungry?
Is. lviii. 7.
And Rome
deals
out her blessings and her gold.
Tickell.
The nightly mallet
deals
resounding blows.
Gay.
Hissing through the skies, the feathery deaths were
dealt
.
Dryden.
2.
Specifically: To distribute, as cards, to the players at the commencement of a game;
as, to
deal
the cards; to
deal
one a jack.

Deal

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
2.
To do a distributing or retailing business, as distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to traffic; to trade; to do business;
as, he
deals
in flour
.
They buy and sell, they
deal
and traffic.
South.
This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other petty merchants
deal
but for parcels.
Dr. H. More.
3.
To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; – followed by between or with.
Sometimes he that
deals
between man and man, raiseth his own credit with both, by pretending greater interest than he hath in either.
Bacon.
4.
To conduct one’s self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.
If he will
deal
clearly and impartially, . . . he will acknowledge all this to be true.
Tillotson.
5.
To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction;
as, he has turbulent passions to
deal
with
.
To deal by
,
to treat, either well or ill;
as, to
deal
well
by
servants
.
“Such an one deals not fairly by his own mind.”
Locke.
To deal in
.
(a)
To have to do with; to be engaged in; to practice;
as, they
deal in
political matters
.
(b)
To buy and sell; to furnish, as a retailer or wholesaler;
as, they
deal in
fish
.
To deal with
.
(a)
To treat in any manner; to use, whether well or ill; to have to do with; specifically, to trade with.
Dealing with witches.”
Shak.
(b)
To reprove solemnly; to expostulate with.
The deacons of his church, who, to use their own phrase, “
dealt with
him” on the sin of rejecting the aid which Providence so manifestly held out.
Hawthorne.
Return . . . and I will
deal
well
with
thee.
Gen. xxxii. 9.

Webster 1828 Edition


Deal

DEAL

,
Verb.
T.
pret. and pp. dealt, pron. delt.

Definition 2023


Deal

Deal

See also: deal

English

Proper noun

Deal

  1. A coastal town in Kent, England.

German

Etymology

Borrowing from English deal

Noun

Deal m (genitive Deals, plural Deals)

  1. (slang) a deal

deal

deal

See also: Deal

English

Noun

deal (plural deals)

  1. (obsolete) A division, a portion, a share.
    We gave three deals of grain in tribute to the king.
  2. (often followed by of) An indefinite quantity or amount; a lot (now usually qualified by great or good).
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xvij, in Le Morte Darthur, book XVIII:
      And so they alle bare hym vnto the hermytage / and vnarmed hym / and layd hym in his bedde / & euer more his wound bledde pytously / but he stered no lymme of hym / Thenne the knyghte heremyte put a thynge in his nose and a lytel dele of water in his mouthe / And thenne sir launcelot waked of his swoune / and thenne the heremyte staunched his bledynge
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Ch.2:
      There is a vast deal of difference in memories, as well as in every thing else, and therefore you should make allowance for your cousin, and pity her deficiency.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Ch.32:
      There is a deal of obscurity concerning the identity of the species thus multitudinously baptized.
    • 1928, Lawrence R. Bourne, chapter 3, in Well Tackled!:
      They know our boats will stand up to their work, said Willison, and that counts for a good deal. A low estimate from us doesn't mean scamped work, but just that we want to keep the yard busy over a slack time.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English delen, from Old English dǣlan (to divide, part), from Proto-Germanic *dailijaną (to divide, part, deal), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰail- (part, watershed). Cognate with West Frisian diele (to divide, separate), Dutch delen, German teilen, Swedish dela; and with Lithuanian dalinti (divide), Russian дели́ть (delítʹ).

Verb

deal (third-person singular simple present deals, present participle dealing, simple past and past participle dealt)

  1. (transitive) To distribute among a number of recipients, to give out as one’s portion or share.
    The fighting is over; now we deal out the spoils of victory.
    • Tickell
      Rome deals out her blessings and her gold.
  2. (transitive) To administer or give out, as in small portions.
    • 1820, Sir Walter Scott, The Abbot, ch. 30:
      "Away, proud woman!" said the Lady; "who ever knew so well as thou to deal the deepest wounds under the pretence of kindness and courtesy?"
    • 2011 April 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Norwich 2 - 1 Nott'm Forest”, in BBC Sport:
      Norwich returned to second in the Championship with victory over Nottingham Forest, whose promotion hopes were dealt another blow.
  3. To distribute cards to the players in a game.
    I was dealt four aces.
    The cards were shuffled and dealt by the croupier.
  4. (baseball) To pitch.
    The whole crowd waited for him to deal a real humdinger.
  5. (intransitive) To have dealings or business.
    • 1838, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, ch. 11:
      Mr. Brownlow contrived to state his case; observing that, in the surprise of the moment, he had run after the boy because he saw him running away; and expressing his hope that, if the magistrate should believe him, although not actually the thief, to be connected with thieves; he would deal as leniently with him as justice would allow.
  6. (intransitive) To conduct oneself, to behave.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii:
      In Deheubarth that now South-wales is hight, / What time king Ryence raign'd, and dealed right [...].
  7. (obsolete, intransitive) To take action; to act.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book IV:
      Wel said syr Uwayne go on your waye, and lete me dele.
  8. (intransitive) To trade professionally (followed by in).
    She deals in gold.
  9. (transitive) To sell, especially to sell illicit drugs.
    This club takes a dim view of members who deal drugs.
  10. (intransitive) To be concerned with.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, episode 14:
      Science, it cannot be too often repeated, deals with tangible phenomena.
  11. (intransitive) To handle, to manage, to cope.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, chapter 19:
      Then there was the sound of a struggle, and I knew that the attendants were dealing with him.
    I can't deal with this.
    I don't think he wants to go. — Yeah, well, we're going anyway, and he can deal.
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Noun

deal (plural deals)

  1. (archaic in general sense) An act of dealing or sharing.
  2. The distribution of cards to players; a player's turn for this.
    I didn’t have a good deal all evening.
    I believe it's your deal.
  3. A particular instance of buying or selling, a transaction
    We need to finalise the deal with Henderson by midnight.
    • 2014, Jamie Jackson, "Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real", The Guardian, 26 August 2014:
      The deal, which overtakes the £50m paid to Liverpool by Chelsea for Fernando Torres in January 2011 as the highest paid by a British club, takes United’s summer spend to £130.7m, following the £27m spent on Luke Shaw, the £28m for Ander Herrera and £16m for Marcos Rojo.
  4. Specifically, a transaction offered which is financially beneficial; a bargain.
    • 2009, The Guardian, Virginia Wallis, 22 Jul 2009:
      You also have to look at the kind of mortgage deals available to you and whether you will be able to trade up to the kind of property you are looking for.
  5. An agreement between parties; an arrangement
    • 2009, Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, 20 Jul 2009:
      California lawmakers, their state broke and its credit rating shot, finally sealed the deal with the governor Monday night on a plan to close a $26 billion budget gap.
    He made a deal with the devil.
  6. (informal) A situation, occasion, or event.
    "I've never killed anybody before. I don't see what's the big deal."
    Line spoken by character played by John Travolta in the movie Broken Arrow.
    What's the deal?
  7. (informal) A thing, an unspecified or unidentified object.
    The deal with four tines is called a pitchfork.
Synonyms
  • (cards held in a card game by a player at any given time): hand
  • (instance of buying or selling): business deal, sale, trade, transaction
  • (a beneficial transaction): steal, bargain
  • (agreement between parties fixing obligations of each): contract, pact
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Etymology 3

From Middle Low German dele, cognate with Old English þille.

Noun

deal (plural deals)

  1. (uncountable) Wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
  2. (countable) A plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
  3. (countable, archaic) A wooden board or plank, usually between 12 or 14 feet in length, traded as a commodity in shipbuilding.
    • 1819, Charles Pope, Practical abridgement of the laws of customs and excise, 5th edition, page CCXLIII:
      It shall not be lawful for any person to land any timber, planks or board, deals, staves, tar, pitch, turpentine, rozin or other the commodities aforesaid, on any part of the present quays within the city of Bristol, from any vessel coming into the said port...
    • 1840, John Ramsey McCulloch, “Docks on the Thames (London)”, in A Dictionary Practical, Theoretical and Historical of Commerce and Commercial Navigation, Thomas Wardle, page 590:
      Swedish deals from ports in the Baltic
    • 2003, François Cardarelli, Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights, and Measures, page 52:
      1 deal (US) = 12 ft x 11 in. x 3/2 in. (E)
Synonyms
  • (wood that is easy to saw, from conifers such as pine or fir):
  • (plank of softwood):
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Adjective

deal (not comparable)

  1. Made of deal.
    A plain deal table
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Romanian

Etymology

From a Slavic language, ultimately from Proto-Slavic *dolъ. Compare Serbo-Croatian dol.

Noun

deal n (plural dealuri)

  1. hill

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