1. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you);
- Example: "whatever my fortune may be"
- Example: "deserved a better fate"
- Example: "has a happy lot"
- Example: "the luck of the Irish"
- Example: "a victim of circumstances"
- Example: "success that was her portion"
[syn: fortune, destiny, fate, luck, lot, circumstances, portion]
2. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another;
- Example: "bad luck caused his downfall"
- Example: "we ran into each other by pure chance"
[syn: luck, fortune, chance, hazard]
3. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome;
- Example: "it was my good luck to be there"
- Example: "they say luck is a lady"
- Example: "it was as if fortune guided his hand"
[syn: luck, fortune]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Luck \Luck\, n. [Akin to D. luk, geluk, G. gl["u]ck, Icel. lukka, Sw. lycka, Dan. lykke, and perh. to G. locken to entice. Cf. 3d Gleck.] That which happens to a person; an event, good or ill, affecting one's interests or happiness, and which is deemed casual; a course or series of such events regarded as occurring by chance; chance; hap; fate; fortune; often, one's habitual or characteristic fortune; as, good, bad, ill, or hard luck. Luck is often used by itself to mean good luck; as, luck is better than skill; a stroke of luck. [1913 Webster] If thou dost play with him at any game, Thou art sure to lose; and of that natural luck, He beats thee 'gainst the odds. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Luck penny, a small sum given back for luck to one who pays money. [Prov. Eng.] To be in luck, to receive some good, or to meet with some success, in an unexpected manner, or as the result of circumstances beyond one's control; to be fortunate. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Luck, WI (village, FIPS 46200) Location: 45.57517 N, 92.46729 W Population (1990): 1022 (501 housing units) Area: 4.3 sq km (land), 1.5 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 54853Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
94 Moby Thesaurus words for "luck": accident, accidentality, actuarial calculation, adventitiousness, blessing, break, bump, calculated risk, capriciousness, casualness, chance, chances, chanciness, changeableness, destiny, erraticism, erraticness, fate, felicity, fickleness, flier, fluke, flukiness, fortuitousness, fortuity, fortunateness, fortune, fortunes, gamble, good fortune, good luck, hap, happenstance, happy chance, happy fortune, hazard, heedless hap, hesitancy, hesitation, hit, how they fall, incalculability, incertitude, indecision, indecisiveness, indemonstrability, indeterminacy, indeterminateness, indetermination, indeterminism, irresolution, law of averages, light, lot, luckiness, meet, moira, occasion, opportunity, play, plunge, principle of indeterminacy, probability, problematicness, random sample, randomness, risk, run of luck, serendipity, smiles of fortune, speculation, statistical probability, stroke of luck, stumble, suspense, suspensefulness, the breaks, theory of probability, tumble, unaccountability, uncertainness, uncertainty, uncertainty principle, undecidedness, undeterminedness, unforeseeableness, unpredictability, unprovability, unsureness, unverifiability, vacillation, venture, whatever comes, whimsicality