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1. (General Sporting Terms) the act of taking part in a game or sport
2. (Music, other) the act of performing a piece of music
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|Noun||1.||playing - the act of playing a musical instrument|
musical performance - the act of performing music
bowing - managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument; "the violinist's bowing was excellent"
piping - playing a pipe or the bagpipes
stopping - the kind of playing that involves pressing the fingers on the strings of a stringed instrument to control the pitch; "the violinist's stopping was excellent"
transposition - (music) playing in a different key from the key intended; moving the pitch of a piece of music upwards or downwards
|2.||playing - the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation|
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
bowling - the playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc
catching - (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team
golfing - playing golf; "he goes south every winter for the golfing"
pitching - (baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team
|3.||playing - the performance of a part or role in a drama|
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
personation, portrayal, characterization, enactment - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
method acting, method - an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
byplay, stage business, business - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
skit - a short theatrical episode
heroics - ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct; "heroics are for those epic films they make in Hollywood"
reenactment - performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time; "the reenactment of the battle of Princeton"
roleplaying - acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance