playing

Definitions of playing
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n the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation

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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
pitching
(baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team
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action
something done (usually as opposed to something said)

n the performance of a part or role in a drama

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acting, performing, playacting
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characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal
acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
impersonation, personation
imitating the mannerisms of another person
method, method acting
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, mime, pantomime
a performance using gestures and body movements without words
business, byplay, stage business
incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
skit
a short theatrical episode
hamming, overacting
poor acting by a ham actor
heroics
ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct
reenactment
performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time
roleplaying
acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
impression
an impressionistic portrayal of a person
apery, mimicry
the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
panto
an abbreviation of pantomime
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
(Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention
character, part, persona, role, theatrical role
an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
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activity
any specific behavior
performing arts
arts or skills that require public performance

n the act of playing a musical instrument

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bowing
managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument
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
transposition
(music) playing in a different key from the key intended; moving the pitch of a piece of music upwards or downwards
spiccato, spiccato bowing
bowing in such a way that the bow bounces lightly off the strings
double stopping
stopping two strings and producing two notes at the same time
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musical performance
the act of performing music

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