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.
adj : made of fir or pine; "a plain deal table"
n 1: a particular instance of buying or selling; "it was a
package deal"; "I had no further trade with him"; "he's
a master of the business deal" [syn: trade, business
2: an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after
discussion) fixing obligations of each; "he made a bargain
with the devil"; "he rose to prominence through a series
of shady deals" [syn: bargain]
3: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
"a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of
money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must
have cost plenty" [syn: batch, flock, good deal, great
deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle,
mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite
a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy
sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
4: a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
5: wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir)
6: the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given
time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept
trying to see my hand" [syn: hand]
7: the type of treatment received (especially as the result of
an agreement); "he got a good deal on his car"
8: the act of distributing playing cards; "the deal was passed
around the table clockwise"
9: the act of apportioning or distributing something; "the
captain was entrusted with the deal of provisions"
v 1: deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression;
"This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all
of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the
history of China" [syn: cover, treat, handle, plow,
2: take action with respect to (someone or something); "How are
we going to deal with this problem?"; "The teacher knew
how to deal with these lazy students"
3: take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; "Take the
case of China"; "Consider the following case" [syn: consider,
take, look at]
4: come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just
a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread
every day" [syn: cope, get by, make out, make do,
contend, grapple, manage]
5: administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer
critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some
money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a
blow to someone" [syn: distribute, administer, mete
out, parcel out, lot, dispense, shell out, deal
out, dish out, allot, dole out]
6: do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; "She
deals in gold"; "The brothers sell shoes" [syn: sell, trade]
7: be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with
this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts";
"She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
[syn: manage, care, handle]
8: behave in a certain way towards others; "He deals fairly
with his employees"
9: distribute to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"
10: direct the course of; manage or control; "You cannot conduct
business like this" [syn: conduct, carry on]
11: give out as one's portion or share [syn: share, divvy up,
portion out, apportion]
12: give (a specific card) to a player; "He dealt me the Queen
13: sell; "deal hashish"