from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An electronic or computerized game played by manipulating images on a video display or television screen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of game existing as and controlled by software, usually run by a video game console or a computer, and played on a video terminal or television screen. Controlled by a paddle, joystick, joypad, mouse, keyboard, or a combination of any of these input devices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a game played against a computer


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