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gambit Explained

gambit at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


gambit at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

"chess opening in which a pawn is risked for advantage later," 1656, gambett, from It. gambetto, lit. "a tripping up" (as a trick in wrestling), from gamba "leg," from L.L. gamba (see gambol). Applied to chess openings in Sp. in 1561 by Ruy Lopez, who traced it to the It. word, but the form in Sp. was generally gambito which led to Fr. gambit, which has infl. the Eng. spelling of the word. Broader sense of "opening move meant to gain advantage" is first recorded in Eng. 1855. ///

gambit at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1600-1700; Language: Italian; Origin: gambetto 'act of making someone fall over', from gamba 'leg']//
1 something that you do or say which is intended to give you an advantage in an argument: --a clever debating gambit// --These questions are often an opening gambit (=the thing you say first) for a negotiation.//
2 a planned series of moves at the beginning of a game of chess:

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gambit at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

111 Moby Thesaurus words for "gambit":
alpha, approach, art, artful dodge, artifice, assay, attempt,
bag of tricks, bid, blind, bluff, bosey, breaking-in, catch,
chicanery, chouse, conspiracy, contrivance, coup, crack, craft,
curve, curve-ball, cute trick, deceit, design, device, dirty deal,
dirty trick, dodge, effort, endeavor, essay, expedient, experiment,
fakement, fast deal, feint, fetch, ficelle, first, first blush,
first glance, first impression, first inning, first lap,
first move, first round, first sight, first stage, first step,
fling, game, gimmick, go, googly, grift, hocus-pocus, initial,
initiative, intrigue, jig, joker, juggle, jugglery, knavery,
le premier pas, lick, little game, maneuver, move, offer,
opening move, pass, plan, play, plot, ploy, prime, primitiveness,
primitivity, racket, red herring, ruse, scheme, scurvy trick,
shift, shot, sleight, sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, stab,
step, stratagem, strategy, stroke, strong bid, subterfuge, tactic,
tentative, trial, trial and error, trick, trickery, try,
undertaking, warming-up, whack, whizzer, wile, wily device

Gambit at German => English Of Explained:

Gambit [gambit]nsn

gambit at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 a thing that sb does, or sth that sb says at the beginning of a situation or conversation, that is intended to give them some advantage:
an opening gambit (= the first thing you say) * The opposition have dismissed promises of tax cuts as a pre-election gambit. * His idea of a brilliant conversational gambit is 'What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?'
2 a move or moves made at the beginning of a game of CHESS in order to gain an advantage later

Gambit at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Gambit \Gam"bit\, n. [F. gambit, cf. It. gambitto gambit, a
tripping up. See {Gambol}, n.] (Chess Playing)
A mode of opening the game, in which a pawn is sacrificed to
gain an attacking position.

gambit at English => English (Computer) Of Explained:


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gambit at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the
speaker [syn: {ploy}]
2: a maneuver in a game or conversation [syn: {ploy}, {stratagem}]
3: a chess move early in the game in which the player
sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous

gambit at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » fr, from Inter: etyl » es Inter: term » gambito|||lang=es, from Inter: etyl » it Inter: term » gambetto|||lang=it|gambit, trip, from Inter: term » gamba||leg|lang=it, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » gamba||calf|lang=la.


Inter: en-nou » n
  • An opening in chess, in which a minor piece (often a pawn) is sacrificed to gain an advantage.
    1. : Her clever opening gambit gave her an advantage.
    2. Any ploy or stratagem.
    3. : Their promise to lower taxes is clearly an election-year gambit.
    4. A remark intended to open a conversation.


      Inter: trans-top » Chess move

  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|gambiet
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|gambit|m
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Gambit|n
  • Hawaiian: Inter: tø » haw|gamabita

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|gambetto|m
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|گامبی|tr=gambi|sc=fa-Arab
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|гамбит|m|tr=gambít|sc=Cyrl
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|gambito|m

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » Ploy
    • French: Inter: t- » fr|statagème|m
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|гамбит|m|tr=gambít|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|уловка|f|tr=ulóvka|sc=Cyrl

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|estratagema|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » Conversation opener
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: de » gambit
    Translation: et » gambit
    Translation: el » gambit
    Translation: fa » gambit
    Translation: fr » gambit
    Translation: ko » gambit
    Translation: io » gambit
    Translation: it » gambit
    Translation: hu » gambit
    Translation: mg » gambit
    Translation: ml » gambit
    Translation: my » gambit
    Translation: pl » gambit
    Translation: ru » gambit
    Translation: fi » gambit
    Translation: sv » gambit
    Translation: ta » gambit
    Translation: tr » gambit
    Translation: vi » gambit
    Translation: zh » gambit

    Gambit at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » gambit



    Inter: head » de|noun|g=n
  • Inter: chess » lang=de gambit, a form of opening a chess game

  • Translation: de » Gambit
    Translation: fr » Gambit
    Translation: ko » Gambit
    Translation: it » Gambit
    Translation: zh » Gambit