Definition of Playing

1. Noun. The act of playing a musical instrument.

Generic synonyms: Musical Performance
Specialized synonyms: Bowing, Piping, Stopping, Transposition
Derivative terms: Play, Play, Play



2. Noun. The action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation.
Generic synonyms: Action
Specialized synonyms: Bowling, Catching, Golfing, Pitching
Derivative terms: Play, Play, Play, Play, Play

3. Noun. The performance of a part or role in a drama.

Definition of Playing

1. Noun. (context: gerund of play) An occasion on which something, such as a song or show, is played. ¹

2. Verb. (present participle of play) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Playing

1. play [v] - See also: play

Playing Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Playing

playgirls
playgoer
playgoers
playgoing
playgoings
playground
playground ball
playground taunt
playground taunts
playgrounds
playgroup
playgroups
playhouse
playhouses
playin'
playing (current term)
playing Cupid
playing Nostradamus
playing apparatus
playing area
playing around
playing ball
playing card
playing cards
playing down
playing field
playing fields
playing in
playing period
playing possum

Literary usage of Playing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"former playing Shylock and Lear, and the latter Richard and Romeo. ... While the company was playing in Philadelphia, Mr. Douglass built a new theatre in ..."

2. Music (1900)
"SOMETHING ABOUT SELF-playing INSTRUMENTS. BY WSB MATHEWS. ... Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as a self-playing instrument. ..."

3. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"A reference to his playing with Kean in ' Richard III ' which appears in his ' Recollections,' ... 1824, Mrs. Bedford, late Miss Green, playing Rosetta ..."

4. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1872)
"Card-playing on the Atlantic. ' him a year's trial. ... Apropos of ' rolling, I have forgotten to mention that in playing whist ' we are obliged to put the ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"playing-cards are probably an invention of the East, and some assert that the Arabs or Saracens learned the use of cards from the gypsies and spread them in ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"former playing Shylock and Lear, and the latter Richard and Romeo. ... While the company was playing in Philadelphia, Mr. Douglass built a new theatre in ..."

7. Music (1900)
"SOMETHING ABOUT SELF-playing INSTRUMENTS. BY WSB MATHEWS. ... Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as a self-playing instrument. ..."

8. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"A reference to his playing with Kean in ' Richard III ' which appears in his ' Recollections,' ... 1824, Mrs. Bedford, late Miss Green, playing Rosetta ..."

9. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1872)
"Card-playing on the Atlantic. ' him a year's trial. ... Apropos of ' rolling, I have forgotten to mention that in playing whist ' we are obliged to put the ..."

10. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"playing-cards are probably an invention of the East, and some assert that the Arabs or Saracens learned the use of cards from the gypsies and spread them in ..."

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