Definition of Deal

Pronunciation: dĕlt
n.1.A part or portion; a share; hence, an indefinite quantity, degree, or extent, degree, or extent; as, a deal of time and trouble; a deal of cold.
Three tenth deals [parts of an ephah] of flour.
- Num. xv. 9.
As an object of science it [the Celtic genius] may count for a good deal . . . as a spiritual power.
- M. Arnold.
She was resolved to be a good deal more circumspect.
- W. Black.
2.The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the portion disturbed.
The deal, the shuffle, and the cut.
- Swift.
3.Distribution; apportionment.
4.An arrangement to attain a desired result by a combination of interested parties; - applied to stock speculations and political bargains.
5.The division of a piece of timber made by sawing; a board or plank; particularly, a board or plank of fir or pine above seven inches in width, and exceeding six feet in length. If narrower than this, it is called a batten; if shorter, a deal end.
6.Wood of the pine or fir; as, a floor of deal.
Deal tree
a fir tree.
- Dr. Prior.
v. t.1.To divide; to separate in portions; hence, to give in portions; to distribute; to bestow successively; - sometimes with out.
[imp. & p. p. Dealt (dĕlt); p. pr. & vb. n. Dealing.]
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry?
- Is. lviii. 7.
And Rome deals out her blessings and her gold.
- Tickell.
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.
v. i.1.To make distribution; to share out in portions, as cards to the players.
2.To do a distributing or retailing business, as distinguished from that of a manufacturer or producer; to traffic; to trade; to do business; as, he deals in flour.
They buy and sell, they deal and traffic.
- South.
This is to drive to wholesale trade, when all other petty merchants deal but for parcels.
- Dr. H. More.
3.To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; - followed by between or with.
Sometimes he that deals between man and man, raiseth his own credit with both, by pretending greater interest than he hath in either.
- Bacon.
4.To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.
If he will deal clearly and impartially, . . . he will acknowledge all this to be true.
- Tillotson.
5.To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal with.
To deal by
to treat, either well or ill; as, to deal well by servants.
To deal in
a - To have to do with; to be engaged in; to practice; as, they deal in political matters.
- Locke.
b - To buy and sell; to furnish, as a retailer or wholesaler; as, they deal in fish.
To deal with
a - To treat in any manner; to use, whether well or ill; to have to do with; specifically, to trade with.
b - To reprove solemnly; to expostulate with.
- Shak.
The deacons of his church, who, to use their own phrase, "dealt with him" on the sin of rejecting the aid which Providence so manifestly held out.
- Hawthorne.
Return . . . and I will deal well with thee.
- Gen. xxxii. 9.

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