Play - (n.) To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.
Play - (n.) To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
Play - (n.) To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.
Play - (n.) To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.
Play - (n.) To act; to behave; to practice deception.
Play - (n.) To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays.
Play - (n.) To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.
Play - (n.) To act on the stage; to personate a character.
Play - (v. t.) To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.
Play - (v. t.) To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.
Play - (v. t.) To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.
Play - (v. t.) To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks.
Play - (v. t.) To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action; as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to play King Lear; to play the woman.
Play - (v. t.) To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball.
Play - (v. t.) To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.
Play - (n.) Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.
Play - (n.) Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.
Play - (n.) The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.
Play - (n.) Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit.
Play - (n.) A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.
Play - (n.) The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.
Play - (n.) Performance on an instrument of music.
Play - (n.) Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action.
Play - (n.) Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.
Byplay - (n.) Action carried on aside, and commonly in dumb show, while the main action proceeds.
Displayed - (imp. & p. p.) of Display
Displaying - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Display
Display - (v. t.) To unfold; to spread wide; to expand; to stretch out; to spread.
Display - (v. t.) To extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line.
Display - (v. t.) To spread before the view; to show; to exhibit to the sight, or to the mind; to make manifest.
Display - (v. t.) To make an exhibition of; to set in view conspicuously or ostentatiously; to exhibit for the sake of publicity; to parade.
Display - (v. t.) To make conspicuous by large or prominent type.
Display - (v. t.) To discover; to descry.
Display - (v. i.) To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration.
Display - (n.) An opening or unfolding; exhibition; manifestation.
Display - (n.) Ostentatious show; exhibition for effect; parade.
Displayed - (a.) Unfolded; expanded; exhibited conspicuously or ostentatiously.
Displayed - (a.) With wings expanded; -- said of a bird of pray, esp. an eagle.
Displayed - (a.) Set with lines of prominent type interspersed, to catch the eye.
Displayer - (n.) One who, or that which, displays.
Horseplay - (n.) Rude, boisterous play.
Interplay - (n.) Mutual action or influence; interaction; as, the interplay of affection.
Outplay - (v. t.) To excel or defeat in a game; to play better than; as, to be outplayed in tennis or ball.
Played - (imp. & p. p.) of Play
Playing - (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Play
Playa - (n.) A beach; a strand; in the plains and deserts of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, a broad, level spot, on which subsequently becomes dry by evaporation.
Playbill - (n.) A printed programme of a play, with the parts assigned to the actors.
Playbook - (n.) A book of dramatic compositions; a book of the play.
Playday - (n.) A day given to play or diversion; a holiday.
Player - (n.) One who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
Player - (n.) One who plays any game.
Player - (n.) A dramatic actor.
Player - (n.) One who plays on an instrument of music.
Player - (n.) A gamester; a gambler.
Playfellow - (n.) A companion in amusements or sports; a playmate.
Playfere - (n.) A playfellow.
Playful - (a.) Sportive; gamboling; frolicsome; indulging a sportive fancy; humorous; merry; as, a playful child; a playful writer.
Playgame - (n.) Play of children.
Playgoer - (n.) One who frequents playhouses, or attends dramatic performances.
Playgoing - (a.) Frequenting playhouses; as, the playgoing public.
Playgoing - (n.) The practice of going to plays.
Playground - (n.) A piece of ground used for recreation; as, the playground of a school.
Playhouse - (n.) A building used for dramatic exhibitions; a theater.
Playhouse - (n.) A house for children to play in; a toyhouse.
Playing - () a. & vb. n. of Play.
Playmaker - (n.) A playwright.
Playmate - (n.) A companion in diversions; a playfellow.
Playsome - (a.) Playful; wanton; sportive.
Playte - (n.) See Pleyt.
Plaything - (n.) A thing to play with; a toy; anything that serves to amuse.
Playtime - (n.) Time for play or diversion.
Playwright - (n.) A maker or adapter of plays.
Playwriter - (n.) A writer of plays; a dramatist; a playwright.
Splay - (v. t.) To display; to spread.
Splay - (v. t.) To dislocate, as a shoulder bone.
Splay - (v. t.) To spay; to castrate.
Splay - (v. t.) To turn on one side; to render oblique; to slope or slant, as the side of a door, window, etc.
Splay - (a.) Displayed; spread out; turned outward; hence, flat; ungainly; as, splay shoulders.
Splay - (a.) A slope or bevel, especially of the sides of a door or window, by which the opening is made larged at one face of the wall than at the other, or larger at each of the faces than it is between them.
Splayfeet - (pl. ) of Splayfoot
Splayfoot - (n.) A foot that is abnormally flattened and spread out; flat foot.
Splayfoot - (a.) Alt. of Splayfooted
Splayfooted - (a.) Having a splayfoot or splayfeet.
Splaymouths - (pl. ) of Splaymouth
Splaymouth - (n.) A wide mouth; a mouth stretched in derision.
Splaymouthed - (a.) Having a splaymouth.
Stageplay - (n.) A dramatic or theatrical entertainment.
Stageplayer - (n.) An actor on the stage; one whose occupation is to represent characters on the stage; as, Garrick was a celebrated stageplayer.
Swordplay - (n.) Fencing; a sword fight.
Swordplayer - (n.) A fencer; a gladiator; one who exhibits his skill in the use of the sword.
Underplay - (v. i.) To play in a subordinate, or in an inferior manner; to underact a part.
Underplay - (v. i.) To play a low card when holding a high one, in the hope of a future advantage.
Underplay - (n.) The act of underplaying.
Uplay - (v. t.) To hoard.
Play - —v. 1 (often foll. By with) occupy or amuse oneself pleasantly. 2 (foll. By with) act light-heartedly or flippantly with (a person's feelings etc.). 3 a perform on or be able to perform on (a musical instrument). B perform (a piece of music etc.). C cause (a record, record-player, etc.) To produce sounds. 4 a (foll. By in) perform a role in (a drama etc.). B perform (a drama or role) on stage etc. C give a dramatic performance at (a particular theatre or place). 5 act in real life the part of (play truant; play the fool). 6 (foll. By on) perform (a trick or joke etc.) On (a person). 7 colloq. Cooperate; do what is wanted (they won't play). 8 gamble, gamble on. 9 a take part in (a game or recreation). B compete with (another player or team) in a game. C occupy (a specified position) in a team for a game. D assign (a player) to a position. 10 move (a piece) or display (a playing-card) in one's turn in a game. 11 (also absol.) Strike (a ball etc.) Or execute (a stroke) in a game. 12 move about in a lively manner; flit, dart. 13 (often foll. By on) a touch gently. B emit light, water, etc. (fountains gently playing). 14 allow (a fish) to exhaust itself pulling against a line. 15 (often foll. By at) a engage half-heartedly (in an activity). B pretend to be. —n. 1 recreation, amusement, esp. As the spontaneous activity of children. 2 a playing of a game. B action or manner of this. 3 dramatic piece for the stage etc. 4 activity or operation (the play of fancy). 5 a freedom of movement. B space or scope for this. 6 brisk, light, or fitful movement. 7 gambling. in (or out of) play sport (of the ball etc.) In (or not in) a position to be played according to the rules. Make a play for colloq. Make a conspicuous attempt to acquire. Make play with use ostentatiously. Play about (or around) behave irresponsibly. Play along pretend to cooperate. Play back play (sounds recently recorded). Play ball colloq. Cooperate. Play by ear 1 perform (music) without having seen it written down. 2 (also play it by ear) colloq. Proceed step by step according to results. Play one's cards right (or well) colloq. Make good use of opportunities; act shrewdly. Play down minimize the importance of. Played out exhausted of energy or usefulness. Play fast and loose act unreliably. Play the field see *field. Play for time seek to gain time by delaying. Play the game observe the rules; behave honourably. Play havoc (or hell) with colloq. Cause great confusion or difficulty to; disrupt. Play into a person's hands act so as unwittingly to give a person an advantage. Play it cool colloq. Be relaxed or apparently indifferent. Play the market speculate in stocks etc. Play off (usu. Foll. By against) 1 oppose (one person against another), esp. For one's own advantage. 2 play an extra match to decide a draw or tie. Play on 1 continue to play. 2 take advantage of (a person's feelings etc.). Play safe (or for safety) avoid risks. Play up 1 behave mischievously. 2 annoy in this way. 3 cause trouble; be irritating. Play up to flatter, esp. To win favour. Play with fire take foolish risks. [old english]
Action replay - n. Playback of part of a television broadcast, esp. A sporting event, often in slow motion.
Adventure playground - n. Playground with climbing-frames, building blocks, etc.
Byplay - n. Secondary action, esp. In a play.
Child's play - n. Easy task.
Display - —v. 1 exhibit; show. 2 reveal; betray. —n. 1 displaying. 2 a exhibition or show. B thing(s) displayed. 3 ostentation. 4 mating rituals of some birds etc. 5 what is shown on a visual display unit etc. [latin plico fold]
Extended-play - adj. (of a gramophone record) playing for somewhat longer than most singles.
Fair play - n. Just treatment or behaviour.
Foreplay - n. Stimulation preceding sexual intercourse.
Foul play - n. 1 unfair play in games. 2 treacherous or violent act, esp. Murder.
Horseplay - n. Boisterous play.
Interplay - n. Reciprocal action.
Liquid crystal display - n. Visual display in electronic devices, in which the reflectivity of a matrix of liquid crystals changes as a signal is applied.
Long-playing - adj. (of a gramophone record) playing for about 20–30 minutes on each side.
Miracle play - n. Medieval play on biblical themes.
Morality play - n. Hist. Drama with personified abstract qualities and including a moral lesson.
Mystery play - n. Miracle play.
Overplay - v. Give undue importance to; overemphasize. overplay one's hand act on an unduly optimistic estimation of one's chances.
Passion-play - n. Miracle play representing the passion.
Play-act - v. 1 act in a play. 2 pretend; behave insincerely. play-acting n.
Play-back - n. Playing back of a sound.
Playbill - n. Poster advertising a play.
Playboy - n. Wealthy pleasure-seeking man.
Player - n. 1 participant in a game. 2 person playing a musical instrument. 3 actor.
Playfellow - n. Playmate.
Playful - adj. 1 fond of or inclined to play. 2 done in fun. playfully adv. Playfulness n.
Playgoer - n. Person who goes often to the theatre.
Playground - n. Outdoor area for children to play in.
Playgroup - n. Organized regular meeting of preschool children for supervised play.
Playhouse - n. Theatre.
Playing-card - n. One of a set of usu. 52 oblong cards, divided into four suits and used in games.
Playing-field - n. Field for outdoor games.
Playlet - n. Short play.
Playmate - n. Child's companion in play.
Play-off - n. Match played to decide a draw or tie.
Play on words - n. Pun.
Play-pen - n. Portable enclosure for a young child to play in.
Play school - n. Nursery school or kindergarten.
Plaything - n. 1 toy or other thing to play with. 2 person used merely as an object of amusement or pleasure.
Playtime - n. Time for play or recreation.
Playwright - n. Person who writes plays.
Record-player - n. Apparatus for reproducing sound from gramophone records.
Replay - —v. Play (a match, recording, etc.) Again. —n. Replaying of a match, recorded incident in a game, etc.
Role-playing - n. (also role-play) acting of characters or situations as an aid in psychotherapy, language-teaching, etc. role-play v.
Screenplay - n. Film script.
Splay - —v. 1 spread apart. 2 (of an opening) have its sides diverging. 3 construct (an opening) with divergent sides. —n. Surface at an oblique angle to another. —adj. Splayed. [from *display]
Strolling players - n.pl. Hist. Travelling actors etc.
Swordplay - n. 1 fencing. 2 repartee; lively argument.
Underplay - v. 1 make little of. 2 theatr. Underact.
Unplayable - adj. 1 sport (of a ball) too fast etc. To be returned. 2 that cannot be played.
Visual display unit - n. Computing device displaying data on a screen.
Wordplay - n. Witty use of words, esp. Punning.
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