Definitions of playing
  1. noun
    the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation
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    the playing of a game of tenpins or duckpins etc
    (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team
    playing golf
    (baseball) playing the position of pitcher on a baseball team
    type of:
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  2. noun
    the performance of a part or role in a drama
    synonyms: 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
    a short theatrical episode
    hamming, overacting
    poor acting by a ham actor
    ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct
    performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time
    acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
    an impressionistic portrayal of a person
    apery, mimicry
    the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
    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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    any specific behavior
    performing arts
    arts or skills that require public performance
  3. noun
    the act of playing a musical instrument
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    managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument
    playing a pipe or the bagpipes
    the kind of playing that involves pressing the fingers on the strings of a stringed instrument to control the pitch
    (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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