word play

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n word play playing on words or speech sounds
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Quotations

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.”

Usage

In literature:

Hetty was right in the guess she had made regarding Miss Davis, who did not say a word to anyone about the trick that had been played on her.
"Hetty Gray" by Rosa Mulholland
Let us use the word technic in its large sense, the sense which includes all that pertains to the executive side of piano playing.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
At the present moment he would have given a great deal to know how much of all this was a mere playing with words.
"The Tysons" by May Sinclair
I must play the man; and such words go deep, and bring the tears to mine eyes.
"In the Wars of the Roses" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The accusation of atheism also he avoids by a mere play on words.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
We shall now give, in a few Words, the Quintessence of this Play.
"Critical Strictures on the New Tragedy of Elvira, Written by Mr. David Malloch (1763)" by James Boswell, Andrew Erskine and George Dempster
All this Salome bestowed freely with many caresses and gentle, playful words.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
If it should be said that I am playing upon words, I retort the accusation upon my adversaries.
"What Is Free Trade?" by Frédérick Bastiat
Miss IRENE VANBRUGH played as if every one of her words had been made expressly for her, as, no doubt, they were.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, January 14, 1920" by Various
At a touch or word from the quarter-back, the full-back snaps the ball back and the play starts.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
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In poetry:

"Now I can tell by thine altered cheek,
And by thine eyes' full gaze,
And by the words thou scarce dost speak,
How wildly fancy plays.
"The Night-Wind" by Emily Jane Bronte
Here ceased the youth; but still his words
Did o'er her fancy play;
They seem'd the matin song of birds,
Or like the distant low of herds
That welcomes in the day.
"Myrtilla" by Washington Allston
Let freedom, wine and gaiety
From now on be our deities!
We offer them our thoughts and words!
We offer them our work and play!"
Let freedom, wine and gaiety
From now on be our deities!
"We Love Noisy Parties" by Nikolay Mikhailovich Yazykov
Nay, let not fancies, born of old beliefs,
Play with the heart-beats that are throbbing still,
And waste their outworn phrases on the griefs,
The silent griefs that words can only chill.
"In Memory Of John Greenleaf Whittier" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Dear friends of my boyhood, my words do you wrong;
The heart, the heart only, shall throb in my song;
It reads the kind answer that looks from your eyes,--
"We will bid our old harper play on till he dies."
"My Annual" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Never a word was spoken, not a thought
Was thought, of what the look meant with the word
'Home' as we walked and watched the sunset blurred.
And then to me the word, only the word,
'Homesick', as it were playfully occurred:
No more.
"Home 2" by Edward Thomas

In news:

Poetry Corner " Word Play ".
The theme for this year's event, "Returning to our Routes," is a play on words organizers.
April Fool 's Day an Occasion to Play with Words and Food.
All sorts of plays on word can be made.
People write poetry because they like to play with words.
It's a play on words for a guy you're all talking bad about...
Playing, you test the speed of your brain and your fingers against hundreds of people around the world, all looking for as many words as possible in the same arrangement of letters.
In other words, high-tech toys that are fun to play with and that look awesome, too.
Jon Gosselin exchanges playful words with Hailey Glassman.
Late word from the Denver public relations staff is that Nene will not play tonight.
Published Monday, August 27, 2012, at 11:39 p.m. EL DORADO — In trying to describe what it is like to play for the Butler Community College defense, one word comes to mind more than any other for sophomore linebacker Tommy Sanders.
In searching for a definition of "natural play," you'll likely find descriptive words like "imaginative" or "ecological.
Susan Laufer Mizrachi, who goes by the online screen name MommaGrinder (one word) played Saturday in The Grinder Classic at Studz Poker Club at Calder Casino & Race Course in Miami Gardens.
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam Where the deer and the antelope play Where seldom is heard a discouraging word And the skies are not cloudy all day.
In other words, you argue here from an ideological agenda, and play games to deny facts and reason .
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In science:

In other words it is impossible to prove that the thermalization takes place in the system if we neglect by the role which plays the environment of the system in this process.
An Illustration of Generalized Thermodynamics by Several Physical Examples
This will provide us with formal proofs to all quoted theorems, as well as a deeper understanding of the forces at play. A word on terminology.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
The wreath product of transformation monoids plays an important role in the theory for words.
Wreath Products of Forest Algebras, with Applications to Tree Logics
In other words, C consists of all functions constant on the characteristic lines x − y = const, and I of those satisfying the homogeneous initial condition on the vertical axis (which plays the role of a “noncharacteristic initial manifold ”).
Symbolic Analysis for Boundary Problems: From Rewriting to Parametrized Gr\"obner Bases
In other words, collectively, the Au (Q)’s play the same role in the world of compact quantum groups as the family of all unitary groups does in the theory of ordinary compact groups.
Free unitary groups are (almost) simple
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