solitaire


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

solitaire

or

patience,

any card game that can be played by one person. Solitaire is the American name; in England it is known as patience. There are probably more kinds of solitaire than all other card games together. The aim in most is to segregate the four suits, each in sequence, against the luck of the shuffle. The game is usually played with one or two decks. Cards are laid out on the table in an arrangement called the tableau. All the cards of a certain rank form the foundations on which the suits are built. Play proceeds either until the game is won (called "making" or "breaking" the game) or until further play is impossible. Although the names of games vary greatly, the most popular solitaires include Klondike (probably the best known), Canfield (named for Richard A. CanfieldCanfield, Richard Albert,
1855–1914, American gambler, b. New Bedford, Mass. A well-known gambling operator in Providence, R.I., Canfield went in the 1880s to New York, where his gambling establishment became famous. It was closed in 1904 largely through the efforts of W.
..... Click the link for more information.
), accordion, spider, golf, and clock. In double solitaire, for two persons, each plays his own game of either Klondike or Canfield, but each can build on his opponent's (as well as his own) aces. The object is to play the greater number of cards to the center.

Bibliography

See A. H. Morehead and G. Mott-Smith, Complete Book of Solitaire and Patience Games (1949, repr. 1973); G. F. Hervey, Card Games for One (1965); D. Berveiler, Strategic Solitaire (1987).

solitaire

1. a game played by one person, esp one involving moving and taking pegs in a pegboard or marbles on an indented circular board with the object of being left with only one
2. the US name for patience (the card game)
3. any of several extinct birds of the genus Pezophaps, related to the dodo
4. any of several dull grey North American songbirds of the genus Myadestes: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
References in periodicals archive ?
Bulthaup Solitaire was initially envisioned to be part of the kitchen area, but now, due to its uncompromising design that seamlessly blends with the environment, one can immerse with the living room space as well.
Crispy the Duck and Solitaire the Rabbit, who have been gone missing from Steve Lucock's animal sanctuary in Blyth
Until the changes take effect next year, the current qualification and renewal criteria for Solitaire PPS Club membership will continue to apply.
Weld said: "We won the race back in 1992 with In A Tiff and Mick Kinane and I expect True Solitaire to represent us well.
The 7-Series Solitaire will be limited to six units, while the automaker plans to produce only one unit of the 7-Series Master Class Edition.
The game is based on the version of the popular card game solitaire enjoyed by the British World War Two prime minister, Winston Churchill.
According to them "Almost every big news website has online solitaire card games, just because many people like to play these games and these websites want the visitors to stay on their website for an extended amount of time.
To make this a perfect platform for businesses of different sizes, Solitaire World conceptualised fully finished and fully serviced, rightly sized office spaces under their commercial real estate brand name -- Solitaire Business Hub.
The Solitaire also opened the artery 88 percent of the time, even when there was a large clot, while tPA reopened vessels only 25 to 30 percent of the time.
The mystery of Solitaire works, but the story could have simply been about Tori, falling apart and (maybe) piecing it all back together.
Mashreq has unveiled its new, super-premium card, the Mashreq Solitaire Credit Card aimed exclusively at the discerning, affluent customer.
A secondhand three carat solitaire diamond ring can be purchased at auction for PS18,000-PS20,000.