What does the word odds mean?

Usage examples for odds

  1. Now let us review and see what we have out of the odds and ends that we found that we had on hand to start with, and what a luncheon it would make. – Cookery for Little Girls by Olive Hyde Foster
  2. He could scarcely believe his eyes, and wondered how he and his companions had ever secured a victory against such heavy odds. – Frank on the Lower Mississippi by Harry Castlemon
  3. Four to fifty; that's heavy odds. – America's War for Humanity by Thomas Herbert Russell