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rou·lette / roōˈlet/ • n. 1. a gambling game in which a ball is dropped onto a revolving wheel (roulette wheel) with numbered compartments, the players betting on the number at which the ball will come to rest. 2. a tool or machine with a revolving toothed wheel, used in engraving or for making slit-shaped perforations between postage stamps. • v. [tr.] make slit-shaped perforations in (paper, esp. sheets of postage stamps): the pages are rouletted next to the binding. ORIGIN: mid 18th cent.: from French, diminutive of rouelle ‘wheel,’ from late Latin rotella, diminutive of Latin rota ‘wheel.’

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roulette (rōōlĕt´), game of chance popular in gambling casinos, and in a simplified form elsewhere. In gambling houses the roulette wheel is set in an oblong table. Its outer area is marked off into 37 (in Europe) or 38 (in the United States) spaces, each of which has retaining walls so that a small ball may come to rest in one. The sectors, alternately red and black, are numbered 1 to 36; there is also a green (or sometimes white) 0 and in the United States an additional 00. On the table is an arrangement of red and black squares numbered in correspondence with the wheel. In addition, there are spaces for other types of bets: manque, that the winning number will be 1–18; passe, that it will be 19–36; pair, that it will be an even number; impair, that it will be odd; rouge, that it will be red; noir, that it will be black. All bets are placed against the house and are indicated by placing stakes on the layout. The croupier spins the wheel and tosses the ball onto it; its final place of rest indicates the winning bets. Many betting combinations are allowed, with varying odds and maximum stakes. Roulette dates from the late 18th cent.

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roulette Game of chance in which people gamble on which of 37 numbered slots (38 in the USA) in a spinning wheel a small white ball will end up in when the wheel stops. Gamblers place their bets on a table marked out with the numbers. The bank wins all stakes if the ball stops on 0 (and 00 in the USA).

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roulette XVIII. — F., f. rouelle, dim. of roue wheel:- L. rota; see -ETTE.