roulette: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (r-let'), [key]
— n., v., -let•ted, -let•ting.
  1. a game of chance played at a table marked off with numbers from 1 to 36, one or two zeros, and several other sections affording the players a variety of betting opportunities, and having in the center a revolving, dishlike device into which a small ball is spun to come to rest finally in one of the 37 or 38 compartments, indicating the winning number and its characteristics, as odd or even, red or black, and between 1 and 18 or 19 and 36.
  2. a small wheel, esp. one with sharp teeth, mounted in a handle, for making lines of marks, dots, or perforations: engravers' roulettes; a roulette for perforating sheets of postage stamps.
  3. a row of short cuts, in which no paper is removed, made between individual stamps to permit their ready separation.
  1. to mark, impress, or perforate with a roulette.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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