Deal, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dealt p. pr. & vb. n. Dealing.]
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·ing, n. The act of one who deals; distribution of anything, as of cards to the players; method of business; traffic; intercourse; transaction; as, to have dealings with a person.
Double dealing, insincere, treacherous dealing; duplicity.
Plain dealing, fair, sincere, honorable dealing; honest, outspoken expression of opinion.
n 1: method or manner of conduct in relation to others; "honest
2: the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying
on commercial activities); "no transactions are possible
without him"; "he has always been honest is his dealings
with me" [syn: transaction, dealings]