Play

Play

, n. 1. Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.
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2. Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.
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John naturally loved rough play.
Arbuthnot.
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3. 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.
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4. Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit. "The next who comes in play." Dryden.
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5. A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.
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A play ought to be a just image of human nature.
Dryden.
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6. The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.
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7. Performance on an instrument of music.
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8. Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action. "To give them play, front and rear." Milton.
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The joints are let exactly into one another, that they have no play between them.
Moxon.
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9. Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.
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Play actor, an actor of dramas. Prynne. -- Play debt, a gambling debt. Arbuthnot. -- Play pleasure, idle amusement. [Obs.] Bacon. -- A play upon words, the use of a word in such a way as to be capable of double meaning; punning. -- Play of colors, prismatic variation of colors. -- To bring into play, To come into play, to bring or come into use or exercise. -- To hold in play, to keep occupied or employed.
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I, with two more to help me,
Will hold the foe in play.
Macaulay.
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Pla"ya

(?), n. [Sp.] 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. Bartlett.
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