• WordNet 3.6
    • n pastime a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly) "sailing is her favorite pastime","his main pastime is gambling","he counts reading among his interests","they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Hot cockles" was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. It was a game in which the other players took turns striking the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. "Hot cockles" was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era.
    • n pastime pȧs"tīm` That which amuses, and serves to make time pass agreeably; sport; amusement; diversion; as, that great American pastime, baseball.
    • v. i pastime To sport; to amuse one's self.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pastime Sport; amusement; diversion; that which amuses and serves to make time pass agreeably.
    • n pastime Synonyms Pastime, Amusement, Recreation, Diversion, Entertainment, play. The italicized words keep near to their meaning by derivation. The central idea of a pastime is that it is so positively agreeable that it lets time slip by unnoticed: as, to turn work into pastime. Amusement has the double meaning of being kept from ennui and of finding occasion of mirth (see amuse). Recreation is that sort of play or agreeable occupation which refreshes the tired person, making him as good as new. Diversion is a stronger word than recreation, representing that which turns one aside from ordinary serious work or thought, and amuses him greatly. Entertainment has come to have great breadth, ranging from amusement in its narrower sense to diversion and to the idea of a set exercise, as a concert, or to the articles of food furnished to guests; generally, however, entertainment stands for that which is social and refined.
    • pastime To pass the time agreeably; sport; use diversion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pastime pas′tīm that which serves to pass away the time: amusement: recreation.
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  • Frederick Hudson Ecker
    Frederick Hudson Ecker
    “I don't think anybody yet has invented a pastime that's as much fun, or keeps you as young, as a good job.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pass, + time,: cf. F. passetemps,


In literature:

At the worst you shall have the pastime, I the toil.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The stranger of the pastime-ground was before her.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
These pastimes broke the monotony of waiting somewhat.
"The Long Labrador Trail" by Dillon Wallace
The last world's series which was played was the greatest special series of games which has been played in the history of the national pastime.
"Spalding's Official Baseball Guide - 1913"
Golf and archery are popular pastimes in the merry Cotswolds.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
This looks like an imagined Picture to tell you, but indeed this is one of my Pastimes.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Horse-racing has not inappropriately been termed the national pastime of Ireland.
"The Glories of Ireland" by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
Music, reading, and flower gardening are the three chief refining pastimes.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
A pastime, saith Aristotle, must be like a medicine.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 2" by Charles Dudley Warner
Reading aloud was a favorite pastime.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly

In poetry:

He sate upon the pudding-bole,
The candle for to hold ;
Of which there is unto this day,
A pretty pastime told :
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British
Of creatures that to man attend,
His pastime, or his wealth;
The Horse we cherish as a friend,
To sickness and to health.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
A glorious Sight! and as they rode,
The K—- a Vow did make,
That he would then, in G—-r—-n Woods,
His Royal Pastime take;
"The Royal Chace" by Cornelius Arnold
In summer time, when leaves grow green,
And blossoms bedeck the tree,
King Edward would a hunting ride,
Some pastime for to see.
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley
She watches with a quiet smile
The mirth and pastime there,
And, watching, she is young the while,
Though snow-white is her hair.
"Connelbush" by Alexander Anderson
On God the giver of all good,
Who gives us life, and rest, and food,
And cheerful pastime, late and early,
And parents kind who love us dearly; God hath our hearts with goodness won,
Him will we love to think upon.
"Devotional Song For A Negro Child" by Joanna Baillie

In news:

Steep prices for Indian artifacts and high rural unemployment have made digging for antiquities a popular pastime in parts of the rural West, despite a 2009 crackdown on the practice.
But it had nothing to do with America's pastime.
Pennsylvania offers hundreds of thousands of acres to hunters and trappers to pursue their pastimes.
An avid marijuana user has agreed to give up his pastime to avoid a jail sentence from a southwest Ohio judge perplexed by his reluctance.
From Indy to Detroit, 'fowling' winning fans as tailgate pastime.
Just a Bit Outside Political and news journalists weigh in on the national pastime.
Over the last decade, food has become a national pastime.
With a new generation more interested in iPods than 30-year-old Pabst cans, some fear their pastime may be fading WSJ's David Kesmodel reports.
For many Indians going to the cinema, is not just a pastime, it is a passion.
When we found out about her unusual pastime, Jessica Mooney had around 700.
For Albert Wheeler, fishing at the Broad River diversion dam by Riverfront Park, his favorite pastime is about more than just reeling in the big one.
Here's one for the guys — who like America's pastime.
Special license plates decorate cars and trucks, promote pastimes and tourism, and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for parks and charities.
Some people write poetry as an enjoyable pastime or hobby, others use it as a more creative form of journaling or a path to spiritual healing.
Retirees ' new pastime: Cutting costs in all sorts of ways.

In science:

In fact this activity continues to be a favorite pastime of the Monte Carlo practitioners.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Poker has become a popular pastime all over the world.
Quantized Poker