Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To play any game of chance for a stake; to wager for a stake. See 113 Mass. 193, IS Am. Rep. 466.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    To game or play at a game for money. Buckley v. O'Niel, 113 Mass. 193, 18 Am. Rep. 466. The word "gamble" is perhaps the most apt and substantial to convey the idea of unlawful play that our language affords. It is inclusive of hazarding and betting as well as playing. Bennett v. State, 2 Yerg. (Tenn.) 474.
    —Gambler. One who follows or practices games of chance or skill, with the expectation and purpose of thereby winning money or other property. Buckley v. O'Niel, 113 Mass. 193, 18 Am. Rep. 466.
    —Gambling. See Gaming.
    —Gambling device. A machine or contrivance of any kind for the playing of an unlawful game of chance or hazard. In re Lee Tong (D. Ct) 18 Fed. 257; State v. Hardin. 1 Kan. 477.
    —Gambling policy. In life insurance. One issued to a person, as beneficiary, who has no pecuniary interest in the life insured Otherwise calied a "wager policy." Gambs v. Covenant Mut. Ins. Co.., 50 Mo. 47.