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playing

(ˈpleɪɪŋ)
n
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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.playing - the act of playing a musical instrumentplaying - 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 dramaplaying - 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
personation, impersonation - imitating the mannerisms of another person
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
dumb show, pantomime, mime - a performance using gestures and body movements without words
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
hamming, overacting - poor acting by a ham actor
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
Translations

playing

[ˈpleɪɪŋ]
A. N
1. (Sport) → juego m
playing in the wet is trickyes difícil jugar cuando llueve
2. (Mus) the orchestra's playing of the symphony was uninspiredla interpretación que hizo la orquesta de la sinfonía fue poco inspirada
there was some fine playing in the violin concertoel concierto de violín estuvo muy bien interpretado
B. CPD playing card Nnaipe m
playing field Ncampo m or (LAm) cancha f de deportes

playing

:
playing card
nSpielkarte f
playing field
nSportplatz m; the school playingsder Schulsportplatz
playing method
n (Sport) → Spielweise f
playing time
n (Sport) → Spielzeit f

playing

[ˈpleɪɪŋ] n some fine playing (Mus) → dei passaggi ben eseguiti
References in classic literature ?
So you must try to be contented with making your name boyish, and playing brother to us girls," said Beth, stroking the rough head with a hand that all the dish washing and dusting in the world could not make ungentle in its touch.
Here and there went his hands, caressing the shoulders of the boys, playing about the tousled heads.
They kept starting up all about us, and dashing off down the draw as if they were playing a game of some kind.
Two young girls, the Farival twins, were playing a duet from "Zampa" upon the piano.
I have heard the forest moan like mortal men in their affliction; often, and again, have I listened to the wind playing its music in the branches of the girdled trees; and I have heard the lightning cracking in the air like the snapping of blazing brush as it spitted forth sparks and forked flames; but never have I thought that I heard more than the pleasure of him who sported with the things of his hand.
Why, I hardly thought myself younger than I am now, it seems so little while ago since I used to see you playing about the door of the old house, quite a small child
She seemed rather an airy sprite, which, after playing its fantastic sports for a little while upon the cottage floor, would flit away with a mocking smile.
David playing to Saul could never have shown a finer sense of the occasion.
He struck it, and then it was hit back by the courtiers who were playing with him.
The Emperor had them brought to him in the great hall, where the Princess was playing 'Here comes a duke a-riding' with her ladies-in-waiting.
Had I been playing for myself, I think I should have left at once, and never have embarked upon gambling at all, for I could feel my heart beginning to beat, and my heart was anything but cold-blooded.
At first the thing was merry and pleasant enough; but when it had gone on a while, and there seemed to be no end of playing or dancing, they began to cry out, and beg him to leave off; but he stopped not a whit the more for their entreaties, till the judge not only gave him his life, but promised to return him the hundred florins.