1. The state of being odd, or not even.
Take but one from three, and you not only destroy the oddness, but also the essence of that number.Fotherby.
2. Singularity; strangeness; eccentricity; irregularity; uncouthness; as, the oddness of dress or shape; the
oddness of an event. Young.
(Odds) n. sing. & pl. [See Odd, a.]
1. Difference in favor of one and against another; excess of one of two things or numbers over the other; inequality; advantage; superiority; hence,
excess of chances; probability. "Preëminent by so much odds." Milton. "The fearful odds of that unequal
Is that we scarce are men and you are gods.
There appeared, at least, four to one odds against them.Swift.
All the odds between them has been the different scope . . . given to their understandings to range in.Locke.
Judging is balancing an account and determining on which side the odds lie.Locke.
2. Quarrel; dispute; debate; strife; chiefly in the phrase at odds.
Set them into confounding odds.Shak.
I can not speakShak. At odds, in dispute; at variance. "These squires at odds did fall." Spenser. "He flashes into one gross
crime or other, that sets us all at odds." Shak. It is odds, it is probable. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
Odds and ends, that which is left; remnants; fragments; refuse; scraps; miscellaneous articles. "My brain
is filled . . . with all kinds of odds and ends." W. Irving.
Any beginning to this peevish odds.
(Ode) n. [F., fr. L. ode, oda, Gr. a song, especially a lyric song, contr. fr. fr. to sing; cf.Skr. vad
to speak, sing. Cf. Comedy, Melody, Monody.] A short poetical composition proper to be set to
music or sung; a lyric poem; esp., now, a poem characterized by sustained noble sentiment and appropriate
dignity of style.
Hangs odes upon hawthorns and elegies on brambles.Shak.
O! run; prevent them with thy humble ode,Milton. Ode factor, one who makes, or who traffics in, odes; used contemptuously.
And lay it lowly at his blessed feet.
(Ode"let) n. A little or short ode.
(O*de"on) n. [NL., fr. Gr. fr. : cf.F. odéon. See Ode.] A kind of theater in ancient Greece,
smaller than the dramatic theater and roofed over, in which poets and musicians submitted their works
to the approval of the public, and contended for prizes; hence, in modern usage, the name of a hall
for musical or dramatic performances.
(||O*de"um) n. [L.] See Odeon.
(O"di*ble) a. [L. odibilis. See Odium.] Fitted to excite hatred; hateful. [Obs.] Bale.
(Od"ic) a. Of or pertaining to od. See Od. [Archaic] Od"ic*al*ly adv.
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