deal

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.
  2. The process of dealing cards to the players; also, the portion disturbed.
  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.
  7. To divide; to separate in portions; hence, to give in portions; to distribute; to bestow successively; -- sometimes with out.
  8. 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.
  3. To act as an intermediary in business or any affairs; to manage; to make arrangements; -- followed by between or with.
  4. To conduct one's self; to behave or act in any affair or towards any one; to treat.
  5. To contend (with); to treat (with), by way of opposition, check, or correction; as, he has turbulent passions to deal with.