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Definitions of the Word Play


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  1. play by electronic mail
    <games> A kind of game where the players use electronic mail to communicate. This may be done via a human moderator or an automatic mailing list exploder on some central machine or it may be fully distributed with each player just addressing his mail to all other players.
    This is a natural extension of "play by mail" games conducted via snail mail.
    MORE. Usenet newsgroup:
  2. Inglish
    <games> An English-like language used for Adventure games like "The Hobbit". Inglish could distinguish between "take the rope and axe" and "take the money and run". (27 Jun 1995)
  3. playground
    A visual language for children, developed for Apple's Vivarium Project. OOPSLA 89 or 90?
  4. playpen (IBM) A room where programmers work.
  5. salt mines
    Dense quarters housing large numbers of programmers working long hours on grungy projects, with some hope of seeing the end of the tunnel in N years. Noted for their absence of sunshine. Compare playpen, sandbox.
  6. Play (Page: 1097)
    Play (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Played (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Playing.]
    [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS.
    plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G. pflegen; of unknown origin. root;28. Cf. Plight, n.]


Play (Page: 1097)

Play, v. t.

Play (Page: 1097)

Play, n.

Generated on: Sat Mar 29 09:26:49 CST 1997
Mark Olsen, ARTFL Project, mark at
Gavin LaRowe, ARTFL Project, gavin at


  1. * word play -- (playing on words or speech sounds)
  2. * pun, punning, wordplay -- (a humorous play on words; ``I do it for the pun of it'' )
  3. looseness, play -- (movement or space for movement; ``there was too much play in the steering wheel'' )
  4. * wiggliness
  5. * slack, slackness

play, child's play -- play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; ``Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child''

  1. * house -- (play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults; ``the children were playing house'' )
  2. * doctor -- children take the roles of doctor or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the doctor's office; ``the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor''
  3. * fireman -- (play in which children take the roles of firemen and pretend to put out a fire)
    maneuver, manoeuvre, play -- (a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; ``he made a great play'' )
  4. play -- a theatrical performance of a drama; ``the play lasted two hours''
  5. * musical, musical comedy, musical theater play,
    drama -- (a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage;
  6. * playlet -- (a short play)
  7. * morality play -- an allegorical play popular in the 15th and 16th centuries; characters personified virtues and vices
  8. turn, play -- the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; ``it is my turn" or "it is still my play''
  9. play --(the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully


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