Tenace meaning

tĕnās, tĕ-nās, tĕnĭs
A combination of two high cards of the same suit separated by two degrees, such as the king and jack of hearts, especially in a bridge or whist hand.
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(bridge) An imperfect sequence of high cards in the same suit, as the ace and queen without the king.
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(bridge) An interrupted sequence of high cards of the same suit, such as the king and jack or the ace and queen.
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Origin of tenace

  • French from Spanish tenaza tongs, tenace from tenaces pl. of tenaz tenacious from Latin tenāx tenāc- tenacious

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