• Fishing provided food as well as recreation for the colonists. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
    Fishing provided food as well as recreation for the colonists. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Recreative Tending to recreate or refresh; recreating; giving new vigor or animation; reinvigorating; giving relief after labor or pain; amusing; diverting. "Let the music of them be recreative ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "naked recreation and travel" industry has grown by 233% in the past decade
    • recreative Tending to recreate; refreshing: giving now vigor or animation; giving relief after labor or pain; amusing; diverting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more recreational golfers per capita in Canada than any other country in the world
    • adjs Recreative serving to recreate or refresh: giving relief in weariness, &c.: amusing
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  • George Santayana
    “The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.”
  • Bob Hope
    “If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.”
  • Pierre Teilhard De Chardin
    “We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.”
  • Raymond Hitchcock
    Raymond Hitchcock
    “Pleasure is sweeter as recreation than as a business.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “To find recreation in amusement is not happiness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. récréatif,. See Recreate


In literature:

It was their main recreation, this Sunday meeting.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The girls might come in at any time during their recreation hours, and the occupation was a great resource on wet days.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
It is indeed one of the functions of the recreational activities and institutions to create and sustain public morale.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
The proportion of your income to be spent on recreation is a matter about which we must not be dogmatic.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
The rural community affords few opportunities for social recreations and amusements.
"New Ideals in Rural Schools" by George Herbert Betts
Then the rest of the time was devoted to recreation and work.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Do instantly whatever is to be done, and take the hours of recreation after business, never before it.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
There was little time for schooling or recreation.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
The intensest energy characterizes everything he undertakes, even his recreation.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Besides conversation, his only other recreation was music.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell

In poetry:

Music's sweet uses are, to smooth
Each rough and angry passion;
To elevate at once, and soothe:
A heavenly recreation.
"To A Young Lady, On Being Too Fond Of Music" by Charles Lamb
Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mix'd; sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please,
With meditation.
"Ode on Solitude" by Alexander Pope
The artisan's receding gait
Has brushed the chips away,
Where innocence shall recreate,
Or like the flowers grow, and wait
The balminess of May.
"Improvement." by Hattie Howard
When the recreation hour was done
Each went in to her task. Alone
In the library, with its great north light,
Clotilde wrought at an exquisite
Wreath of flowers
For her Book of Hours.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
Come back! come back or let me find
The jungle leads at last
Unto your lips and bosom recreated!
O somewhere I again must wind
My arms about you, cast
Into one word my love all unabated!
"Shah Jehan To Mumtaz Mahal" by Cale Young Rice
Love thy neighbor, to Christ be leal!
Crush him never with iron-heel,
Though in the dust he's lying!
All the living responsive await
Love with power to recreate,
Needing alone the trying.
"Love Thy Neighbor" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

He served on Brady's recreation committee and was coordinator and coach for Brady's baseball program for 18 years.
Ryan Chevrolet will present a check to the Minot Recreational Baseball League at 10:30 this morning for the money raised from the Chevy Youth Baseball Program.
The 2011 Youth Co-Ed Basketball Clinic will be held at the Sanibel Recreation Center each Saturday for six weeks, from June 25 through July 30.
You can watch it for free tonight in Lions Park thanks to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Optimum and Cheyenne's Parks and Recreation Department.
No one could recreate this salmon stream.
Generosity keeps the wheels of improvements turning at the East Springfield Community Recreation & Service Center.
Sponsored by the Cooleemee Recreation Department, the all-you- can-eat stew and a drink is $5.
The Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet at 5:15 pm Monday at City Hall.
Town's recreation plans for church property on hold.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
View full size Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian Employees with Portland Parks & Recreation get their first real look at Chapman Square after Occupy Portland's eviction from the downtown space.
I'd drop by the Park and Recreation Community Center and take a few photos of the magic show.
Calling it an industry first, Triple E Recreational Vehicles announced the launch of its all-new Leisure Travel Van Free Spirit SS single-slide Class B motorhome built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis.
Healthy Haywood's annual Family Fun Day will be held from 1 to 4 pm Sunday, Aug 29, at the Canton Recreation Park outdoor pool.
The annual Halloween Spooktacular, which is organized by the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation, attracted crowds of families and children.

In science:

Collisions of particles in accelerators allow us to recreate in the laboratory what happened immediately after the Big Bang, 15 billion years ago, when matter in the form of quarks and leptons was created from energy.
TESLA Technical Design Report Part I: Executive Summary
But a multiplicative factor, rather than shifting the peak, suppresses it in one place and recreates it (from non-peak-like structure) in another.
Event shapes in e+e- annihilation and deep inelastic scattering
To check the method, we compared the observed average profile with the one recreated from the Gaussians fits to the subpulses.
Radio Pulsars
To visualise the data better, we have recreated the subpulse pattern by duplicating the data-points with offsets of N×P2 in fig. 7b.
Radio Pulsars
However, an alternative enterprise seeks to recreate the evolution on a computer by simulating theoretical models; this is often referred to as in-silico experiments.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?