from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A certain number of points given beforehand to a weaker side in a contest to equalize the chances of all participants.
- n.pl. The ratio of the probability of an event's occurring to the probability of its not occurring.
- n.pl. The likelihood of the occurrence of one thing rather than the occurrence of another thing, as in a contest: The odds are that she will get the nomination on the first ballot.
- n.pl. Games A ratio expressing the amount by which the stake of one bettor differs from that of an opposing bettor.
- n.pl. An amount or a degree by which one thing exceeds or falls short of another: won the contest by considerable odds.
- idiom at odds In disagreement; in conflict: "The artist and the self-critic . . . are, with a few felicitous exceptions, forever at odds” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
- idiom by all odds In every possible way; unquestionably: By all odds it is the best film of the year.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The ratio of the probabilities of an event happening to that of it not happening.
- n. The ratio of winnings to stake in betting situations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Difference in favor of one and against another; excess of one of two things or numbers over the other; inequality; advantage; superiority; hence, excess of chances; probability. The odds are often expressed by a ratio
- n. Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; -- chiefly in the phrase at odds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inequality; difference, especially in favor of one and against another; excess in favor of one as compared with another.
- Hence Advantage; superiority.
- In betting, the amount or proportion by which the bet of one party to a wager exceeds that of the other: as, to lay or give odds.
- Hence Probability or degree of probability in favor of that on which odds are laid.
- In certain games, equalizing allowance given to a weaker side or player by a stronger, as a piece at chess or points at tennis; an allowance as handicap.
- Er. You that are so good a Gamester ought to give me Odds.
- Quarrel; dispute; debate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring
- n. the ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another
Oliver's greatest competition for the Christmas number one spot is the Guinness Book of World Records, according to William Hill, which is giving the title odds of 11/2 to top the charts.
Bookmakers have now slashed his title odds from 400/1 to 28/1.
A desire to beat the odds is at the core of No Horizon Is So Far, as Arnesen and Bancroft trace the roots of why they came to Antarctica to risk frostbite, injury, and death on a daily basis.
What kind of odds is Vegas giving that the winner will be a very hot 25 year old woman with huge cans and a rear end that can balance a quarter?
But the long-term odds are against a company like Pandora surviving just because it can be so difficult to negotiate a good deal on music rights and then make money.
Many "are hedging their bets — waiting to see if they can improve their long-term odds by making sure they're economically and emotionally secure with each other."
Adding the biological drug Herceptin, approved by the FDA in 2006 for use in early-stage cancers like mine, could increase my survival odds from a coin flip to 95 percent.
The digital revolution has swept away many tree-based products, but the lowly business card, against all odds, is thriving.
Rain odds are about 30% prior to midnight, but 60% toward dawn.
I've actually had this bet offered to me before - your theory on odds is hardly new among the sort of folk who attend gaming conventions - and my response was "sure, if you'll bet $50,000."