roulette wheel


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 (roulette wheel) 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.
a small wheel, especially 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.
Philately. a row of short cuts, in which no paper is removed, made between individual stamps to permit their ready separation.
verb (used with object), rouletted, rouletting.
to mark, impress, or perforate with a roulette.

1725–35; < French, diminutive of rouelle wheel. See rowel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To roulette wheel
World English Dictionary
roulette (ruːˈlɛt)
1.  a gambling game in which a ball is dropped onto a spinning horizontal wheel divided into 37 or 38 coloured and numbered slots, with players betting on the slot into which the ball will fall
2.  a.  a toothed wheel for making a line of perforations
 b.  a tiny slit made by such a wheel on a sheet of stamps as an aid to tearing it apart
3.  a curve generated by a point on one curve rolling on another
4.  to use a roulette on (something), as in engraving, making stationery, etc
[C18: from French, from rouelle a little wheel, from roue a wheel, from Latin rota]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1734, "small wheel," from Fr. roulette "gambling game played with a revolving wheel," lit. "small wheel," from O.Fr. roelete "little wheel," on model of L.L. rotella, dim. of L. rota "wheel." The game of chance so-called from 1745.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature