from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Games A combination of two high cards of the same suit separated by two degrees, such as the king and jack of hearts, especially in a bridge or whist hand.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An interrupted sequence of high cards of the same suit, such as the king and jack or the ace and queen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The holding by the fourth hand of the best and third best cards of a suit led; also, sometimes, the combination of best with third best card of a suit in any hand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In whist. the best and third best cards, or the second and fourth best cards, in play, of a suit: known in the former case as a major tenace, in the latter as a minor tenace.
French, from Spanish tenaza, tongs, tenace, from tenaces, pl. of tenaz, tenacious, from Latin tenāx, tenāc-; see tenacious.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)