Hypertext Webster Gateway: "deuce"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Deuce \Deuce\, n. [Cf. LL. dusius, Armor, dus, te[^u]z, phantom,
specter; Gael. taibhs, taibhse, apparition, ghost; or fr. OF.
deus God, fr. L. deus (cf. {Deity}).]
The devil; a demon. [A euphemism, written also {deuse}.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Deuce \Deuce\ (d[=u]s), n. [F. deux two, OF. deus, fr. L. duo.
See {Two}.]
1. (Gaming) Two; a card or a die with two spots; as, the
deuce of hearts.

2. (Tennis) A condition of the score beginning whenever each
side has won three strokes in the same game (also reckoned
``40 all''), and reverted to as often as a tie is made
until one of the sides secures two successive strokes
following a tie or deuce, which decides the game.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a tie in tennis or table tennis that requires winning two
successive points to win the game
2: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a
numeral representing this number [syn: {two}, {2}, {II}]
3: a word used in exclamations of confusion; "what the devil"
or "the deuce with it" or "the dickens you say" [syn: {devil},
4: one of the four playing cards in a deck that have two spots

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