Roulette meaning

ro͝o-lĕt
A gambling game in which the players bet on which slot of a rotating disk a small ball will come to rest in.
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To mark or divide with a roulette.
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A gambling game played by rolling a small ball around a shallow bowl with an inner disk (roulette wheel) revolving in the opposite direction: the ball finally comes to rest in one of the red or black, numbered compartments into which this disk is divided, thus determining the winning bets.
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A small toothed wheel attached to a handle, for making rows of marks or dots, as in engraving, or incisions, as between postage stamps.
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A series of small, consecutive incisions made in the paper between the stamps in a sheet of stamps, to facilitate their separation.
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To make marks, dots, or incisions in or on with a roulette.
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(uncountable) A game of chance, in which a small ball is made to move round rapidly on a circle divided off into numbered red and black spaces, the one on which it stops indicating the result of a variety of wagers permitted by the game.
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(countable) A small toothed wheel used by engravers to roll over a plate in order to produce rows of dots.
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(countable) A similar wheel used to roughen the surface of a plate, as in making alterations in a mezzotint.
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(countable, geometry) The locus of a point on a plane curve that rolls without slipping along another fixed plane curve.
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(stamp-collecting) Any of the small incisions on a sheet of stamps, used as an alternative to perforations.
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Origin of roulette

  • French from Old French ruelete feminine diminutive of ruele diminutive of roue wheel from Latin rota ret- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French roulette, roulette, little wheel

    From Wiktionary