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  • Nino sings and plays guitar
    Nino sings and plays guitar
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n playfulness activities that are enjoyable or amusing "I do it for the fun of it","he is fun to have around"
    • n playfulness a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement "her playfulness surprised me","he was fun to be with"
    • n playfulness a festive merry feeling
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Piper playing to two dancing sheep Piper playing to two dancing sheep
Greek Girls Playing at Ball Greek Girls Playing at Ball

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Shirley Temple was considered to play the role of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz."
    • n playfulness The quality or state of being playful; sportiveness.
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  • Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson
    Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson
    “They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.”
  • Jim Abbott
    Jim Abbott
    “I worked very hard. I felt I could play the game. The only thing that could stop me was myself.”
  • Boris Becker
    Boris Becker
    “I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I Love to play.”
  • Chuck Olson
    Chuck Olson
    “Playing safe is only playing.”
  • Arnold Palmer
    Arnold Palmer
    “You must play boldly to win.”
  • Harvey Penick
    Harvey Penick
    “I don't care how good you play, you can find somebody who can beat you, and I don't care how bad you play, you can find somebody you can beat.”


Child's play - If something is child's play, it is very easy and simple.
Clutch play - If an activity is referred to as a clutch play, it means that the activity was the key to the success or failure of the venture. For instance, a clutch play in a baseball game may be striking out a batter with the bases loaded.
Foul play - If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
Go play in traffic - This is used as a way of telling someone to go away.
Play ball - If you play ball, you agree to do what someone asks you to do, or to agree to work with someone in order to achieve something together (often negative)
Play by ear - If you play by ear, you deal with something in an impromptu manner, without guidelines or rules. It refers to playing music without using written notation.
Play fast and loose - If people play fast and loose, they behave in an irresponsible way and don't respect rules, etc.
Play for keeps - If you are playing for keeps, you take things very seriously and the outcome is very important to you; it is not a mere game.
Play for time - If you play for time, you delay something because because you are not ready or need more time to thing about it. Eg. I knew I had to play for time until the police arrived.
Play hard to get - If someone plays hard to get, they pretend not to be interewsted or attracted by someone, usually to make the other person increase their efforts.
Play hardball - If someone plays hardball, they are very aggressive in trying to achieve their aim.
Play havoc - Playing havoc with something is creating disorder and confusion; computer viruses can play havoc with your programs.
Play hooky - If people play hooky, they don't attend school when they should and don't have a valid reason for their absence.
Play into someone's hands - If you play into someone's hands, you do what they were expecting you to do and take advantage of this.
Play it by ear - If you play it by ear, you don't have a plan of action, but decide what to do as events take shape.


In literature:

When he came down to hell to play, he played with her and defied me.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
The Technique of the One-Act Play.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
In no drama are these qualities more necessary, or are ampler opportunities offered for their use, than in the plays of Shakespeare.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
The Saint-plays, the original miracle-plays, continued, and doubtless were staged in the same way as the Bible-plays.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
He played simple little tunes at first, but soon he began to play harder ones.
"Fairies and Folk of Ireland" by William Henry Frost
Cibber could play Lord Foppington at seventy-three; but George Holland played Tony Lumpkin at seventy-seven.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
It can hardly be said, even, that "Grania" her last play, is a play about love.
"Irish Plays and Playwrights" by Cornelius Weygandt
Corking chance for a grandstand play.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
He had played his humiliating part of dodger long enough.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
He played what he had played to Mrs. Mansfield to reassure himself.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
But though it is not a play, it was played, and played successfully.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
If we can play what he plays, we are sure to win.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
McClellan, who played the second base, I first saw play at St. Paul in 1876.
"A Ball Player's Career" by Adrian C. Anson
It was very hoarse but the old man could play on it and he sang a song too.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Miss Austen refers to base-ball as played by the daughters of "Mrs. Morland," the eldest of whom was fourteen.
"Base-Ball" by John M. Ward
To-day they will all play, because it is the festa of the Santo Patrono, but even for him they will not play together.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
He won't put the play on there first; they usually try a new play in the country.
"The Story of a Play" by W. D. Howells
From that time on, for many years, New Orleans was prominent in the production of French operas and plays.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
She plays the piano; does she play anything else?
"Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
Her cue is to be natural; she cannot put on the modes of artificial life, and play the coquet as it is expected to be played.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb

In poetry:

'Tis a tune of the spring,
Every year plays it over,
To the robin on the wing,
To the pausing lover.
"To Ellen, At The South" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
And at thy childish play
Shall we, O little one,
No more behold thee? Nay,
No more beneath the sun.
"The Dead Child" by Victor James Daley
His father praps he sees,
Most Musicle of Lords,
A playing maddrigles and glees
Upon the Arpsicords.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
"Oh, stranger, as you play,
I recognize your touch;
And all that I can say
Is, thank you very much."
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The night is full of fantasies,
And, while you play,
A light wind blows among the trees
Far, far away.
"The Clavichord" by Dollie Radford
The war-horns are played,
The anchors are weighed,
Like moths in the distance
The sails flit and fade.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

And the legendary play-by-play man does not see a return to that status for the Knicks any time soon.
"And once we did, we never really returned to playing basketball the way we played in the first half," he said.
This is one of two plays commissioned by the Denver Center and scheduled for world premieres during its upcoming New Play Summit.
Connor Mair play John Proctor and Lauren Christman plays Elizabeth Proctor.
Play Date to Play Date in Boise.
In the film, Eastwood plays an aging and ailing baseball scout, and Amy Adams plays his daughter.
However, if the technique isn't correct, harpists can't play all the notes they need to play, Harris added.
This Super Bowl was played by two teams from the Midwest, the way the game almost always is played in the Midwest.
LEWISTON — Note to those of you not watching on ESPNU: Because of technical difficulties, there will be no radio broadcast for tonight's game, Siena play-by-play man Robert Lee just informed me.
The Play Pump Turning water into child's play.
So, as all of the drama played out, we had some former baseball greats stop by to share their thoughts on this year's postseason, as well as share some insight from their own playing days.
Saint Vincent scored the go-ahead touchdown with 9:33 to play and stopped Bethany's final drive with an interception in the end zone with 1:15 to play, as the Bearcats held on for a 20-14 victory against the Bison on Saturday.
Sash is expected to receive more playing time Sunday against the Cowboys if Kenny Phillips can't play.
4th-and-29 play was undoubtedly impressive, but Baltimore has seen plenty of plays just as spectacular.
It can mean the man, his plays, his legacy, or the experience you get when you see a play, movie, or painting.

In science:

Again let X ∈ E be a game which Left wins playing first; we must show Left wins a + b + X playing first.
Dead Ends in Misere Play: The Misere Monoid of Canonical Numbers
In modular representation theory, the Tate cohomology functor plays a central role, analogous to the role that the homotopy groups play in homotopy theory.
Ghost numbers of Group Algebras
All these ob jects appear naturally in YM theory – 1-forms ∗F a play the role of the triad and SU (2) YM connection A plays the role of the space-time connection Γ.
Reformulation of QCD in the language of general relativity
Let us note however that the two-body term v plays the role of an attractive self-consistent field, whereas w plays the role of a repulsive one, which forbids the collapse onto a finite region.
Protein folding and heteropolymers
In particular, the Farey map plays the same role vis-a-vis the shift circle map that the highly nontrivial circle map presentation function [20, 21] plays in the golden-mean renormalization theory, and provides a controllable setting to test some of the ideas that arise in that context.
Beyond the periodic orbit theory
Multiscale correlations functions should play in turbulence the same rˆole played by correlation functions in critical statistical phenomena.
Multiscale velocity correlations in turbulence
In the role of the ‘generator’ of the reference frequency placed at the altitude H was played by F e57 nuclei (identical to the nuclei-emitters with the energy 14 keV at H = 0), while in it was played by HFS-emitter of photons placed at the earth level.
On the incompatibility of experiments confirming certain conclusions of the general relativity
Thus Ψn plays the role of Un, Λn plays the role of Bn and NB is given by (2.5).
A Simple Approach to Global Regime of the Random Matrix Theory
The same procedure is followed, except that the surface of P plays the role of Πxy, and surface normals play the roles of vertical rays.
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
Controlling of the spontaneous decay also plays an important role in solid-state systems, where instead of atoms, quantum well or quantum dot excitons play the role of the emitters [Yokoyama et al. (Eds., 1995); Khitrova et al. (1999); Yamamoto et al. (2000)].
Spontaneous Decay in the Presence of Absorbing Media
Within the GQD the operator Hint(t2, t1) plays the role which the interaction Hamiltonian plays in the ordinary formulation of quantum theory: It generates the dynamics of a system.
Ultraviolet divergences, renormalization and nonlocality of interactions in quantum field theory
The recent development of statistical methods for quantifying large networks is to a large extent an attempt to find something to play the part played by the eye in the network analysis of the twentieth century.
The structure and function of complex networks
Since the photon does not carry charge, the transverse distance x⊥ γ plays no role in the decoherence of QED Fock state components, while the distance x⊥ g plays the dominant role in the corresponding QCD process.
Gluon Radiation and Parton Energy Loss
It turns out that the MacPherson variety plays the same role for matroid bundles as the ordinary Grassmann variety plays for vector bundles (see Ref. for details).
Matroids and p-branes
The question remains, at which level? In the “worst-case scenario” that we should not see any large signals in B physics, a super B -factory would play a similar role as LEP played for our strive toward the understanding of electroweak symmetry breaking.
The Physics Case for an e^+ e^- Super B-Factory