gameness


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game 1

 (gām)
n.
1. An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime: party games; word games.
2.
a. A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules: the game of basketball; the game of gin rummy.
b. A single instance of such an activity: We lost the first game.
c. games An organized athletic program or contest: track-and-field games; took part in the winter games.
d. A period of competition or challenge: It was too late in the game to change the schedule of the project.
3.
a. The total number of points required to win a game: One hundred points is game in bridge.
b. The score accumulated at any given time in a game: The game is now 14 to 12.
4. The equipment needed for playing certain games: packed the children's games in the car.
5. A particular style or manner of playing a game: improved my tennis game with practice.
6. Informal
a. An active interest or pursuit, especially one involving competitive engagement or adherence to rules: "the way the system operates, the access game, the turf game, the image game" (Hedrick Smith).
b. A business or occupation; a line: the insurance game.
c. An illegal activity; a racket.
7. Informal
a. Evasive, trifling, or manipulative behavior: wanted a straight answer, not more of their tiresome games.
b. A calculated strategy or approach; a scheme: I saw through their game from the very beginning.
8. Mathematics A model of a competitive situation that identifies interested parties and stipulates rules governing all aspects of the competition, used in game theory to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party.
9.
a. Wild animals hunted for food or sport.
b. The flesh of these animals, eaten as food.
10.
a. An object of attack, ridicule, or pursuit: The press considered the candidate's indiscretions to be game.
b. Mockery; sport: The older children teased and made game of the newcomer.
v. gamed, gam·ing, games
v.tr.
To manipulate dishonestly for personal gain; rig: executives who gamed the system to get huge payoffs.
v.intr.
1. To play for stakes; gamble.
2. To play a role-playing or computer game.
adj. gam·er, gam·est
1. Plucky and unyielding in spirit; resolute: She put up a game fight against her detractors.
2. Ready and willing: Are you game for a swim?
Idioms:
ahead of the game
In a position of advantage; winning or succeeding.
be on (one's) game
To play a sport with great skill.
the only game in town Informal
The only one of its kind available: "He's the only game in town for the press to write about" (Leonard Garment).

[Middle English, from Old English gamen.]

game′ly adv.
game′ness n.

game 2

 (gām)
adj. gam·er, gam·est
Crippled; lame: a game leg.

[Origin unknown.]

gameness

(ˈɡeɪmnɪs)
n
courage or bravery; pluck
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gameness - disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feetgameness - disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet
disability of walking - a disability that interferes with or prevents walking
intermittent claudication - lameness due to pain in leg muscles because the blood supply is inadequate; pain subsides with rest

gameness

noun
References in classic literature ?
Stiffen up and straighten up with an effort of will-power--will-power's the idea, gameness, and all that, and kiss your hands to the audience and make a weak, pitiful sort of a smile, as though your heart's been pulled 'most out of you and you'll have to go to the hospital, but for right then that you're game an' smiling and kissing your hands to the audience that's riping the seats up and loving you.
But what was the use, she demanded, of being proud and game, when the only person in the world who mattered to her lost his own pride and gameness and fairness and gave her the worse share of their mutual trouble?
And rather than project gameness for an inevitably grueling process, he radiated resentment: How dare you grill me about my past.
Shantou Breeze has gone up 6lb for this, but that looks fair enough given the gameness she demonstrated late in the day on her last visit to the racecourse.
For MMA they sell Torque, Revgear, Hayabusa, Venum, Gameness and Koral.
We mentioned an instance of pluck and gameness on the part of a gentleman who, though we hope he has many years for the enjoyment of his favourite sport yet to come, must be looked upon as one of our Nestors, and now we will show that there is no chance of degeneracy in the young stock that is coming on.
At the play's opening, two days later, she was back playing her role, her foot heavily bandaged and of course receiving stand-up applause for gameness, even though she had to mime most of her dance.
After a summer spent considering their options, connections once again made the right decision, to retire the bold animal, to protect him from his own gameness and bravery.