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
Pl. of odd.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From odd ("uneven, strange") (Wiktionary)