Definitions of whist

  1. To hush or silence.
  2. To be or become silent or still; to be hushed or mute.
  3. To bush or silence.
  4. a card game for four players who form two partnerships; a pack of 52 cards is dealt and each side scores one point for each trick it takes in excess of six
  5. A certain game at cards; - so called because it requires silence and close attention. It is played by four persons ( those who sit opposite each other being partners) with a complete pack of fifty- two cards.
  6. A well- known game at cards, said to be so called because the parties playing it have to be whist or silent, but this is doubtful. Another name was whisk. The game is played with the full pack of fifty- two cards by four persons, two being partners against the other two, each player receiving thirteen cards dealt out one by one in rotation. The last card dealt is turned face up, and is called the trump card; it gives a special power to the suit to which it belongs. The cards rank as follows: ace ( highest), king, queen, knave, and the others according to their number of pips. Play is commenced by the person on the left hand of the dealer laying down a card face up on the table, the other players following in succession with cards of the same suit if they have them. When all have played the player who has laid the highest card takes the four cards laid down, which constitute a trick. The winner of the trick then leads, as the first of a new trick, the winner of which becomes the leader, and so on. When a player cannot play a card of the same suit, he may play one of the trump suit, and take the trick, or lay one of a different suit, which gives him no chance of winning the trick. When the hand is played out the score is taken as follows: the partners who conjointly gain the majority of tricks score one point for every trick taken above six. The ace, king, queen, and knave of the trump suit are called honors, and count one each for the side who holds them; if one side hold three honors, they count two by honors, as the opposite side can have but one; if one side hold all the honors, four by honors is counted; should the honors be equally divided neither side counts, the honors being then said to cancel each other.
  7. A game of cards played by four persons.
  8. A game of cards, so called, it is supposed, because it imposes silence or close attention.
  9. A certain game at cards- so called from the close silent attention which it requires.
  10. A certain game at cards; -- so called because it requires silence and close attention. It is played by four persons ( those who sit opposite each other being partners) with a complete pack of fifty- two cards. Each player has thirteen cards, and when these are played out, he hand is finished, and the cards are again shuffled and distributed.
  11. Hush!.
  12. Silence! hush! be still!.
  13. Hush! be still!.
  14. Be silent; silence.
  15. Listen; be still.
  16. Not speaking; not making a noise; silent; mute; still; quiet.
  17. Hushed or quiet.
  18. Not speaking: not making a noise: silent: mute: still chiefly used predicatively. " So whist and dead a silence reigned."- Harrington." " Far from the town where all is whist and still."- Marlow.
  19. Made silent or quiet; calmed.
  20. Not making a noise; silent; mute; still.
  21. Not making a noise; mute; still.
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