• Men and Women Singers, Flute-players, Harpists, And Dancers, from the Tomb of Ti
    Men and Women Singers, Flute-players, Harpists, And Dancers, from the Tomb of Ti
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n player a theatrical performer
    • n player someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
    • n player a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
    • n player an important participant (as in a business deal) "he was a major player in setting up the corporation"
    • n player a person who pursues a number of different social and sexual partners simultaneously
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Sketch of a Flute Player Sketch of a Flute Player
Johnny Poe, football player and soldier Johnny Poe, football player and soldier
Tennis Player Tennis Player
The hockey player's costume The hockey player's costume

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thirty percent of all bingo players are under the age of 35
    • Player A dramatic actor.
    • Player A gamester; a gambler.
    • Player One who plays any game.
    • Player One who plays on an instrument of music. "A cunning player on a harp."
    • Player One who plays, or amuses himself; one without serious aims; an idler; a trifler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average height of an NBA basketball player is 6 feet 7 inches
    • n player One who plays. One who takes part in sports, pastimes, or amusements of any kind.
    • n player A contestant in a game or match of any kind; also, one who is in the habit of playing, or who is skilled in, a particular game : as, a chess-player; a billiard-player.
    • n player A dramatic performer; an actor; one who enacts characters on the stage.
    • n player One who performs on an instrument of music.
    • n player In harness-manuf., a small piece of metal attached by links to the mouthpiece of the bridle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the game "Monopoly," the space on which a player has the greatest statistical chance of landing is Illinois Avenue.
    • Player one who plays: an actor of plays or dramas: a trifler: a musician: a professional at cricket
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  • Pat Riley
    “You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.”
  • Bill Walsh
    Bill Walsh
    “We have a lot of players in their first year. Some of them are also in their last year.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.”
  • John Robinson
    John Robinson
    “I never criticize a player until they are first convinced of my unconditional confidence in their abilities.”
  • Robert Crandall
    Robert Crandall
    “You put together the best team that you can with the players you've got, and replace those who aren't good enough.”
  • Casey Stengel
    Casey Stengel
    “It's easy to get the players; it's getting them to play together that's the tough part”


Bit player - A bit player has a small or unimportant role in something.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. plegan, to play.


In literature:

The identity of "Will," referred to as "my lord of Leicester's jesting player," never has been satisfactorily explained.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
I stood up for you, but four of the players said they'd resign unless you were dropped.
"A Boy Knight" by Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
Each player has two scoring pegs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
A variety of mallets should be provided, as different players prefer different sizes.
"Croquet" by Anonymous
Andrew Anderson was the first recognized British champion player of the game.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
Stage players are the most philosophical of men, because they are as content in rags as in robes.
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
The Adelphi Academy has turned out a better set of players than it had last year, and promises to make a good record.
"Harper's Round Table, May 14, 1895" by Various
This is so simple and common that almost every player does it automatically.
"The Forward Pass in Football" by Elmer Berry
Sheldon's contest with Waltz was a walk-over for the Hotchkiss School player, as the score will show.
"Harper's Round Table, September 3, 1895" by Various
For Master William Shakespeare, the London player, has come from town to spend a day at home in the Stratford village he loved so dearly.
"Harper's Round Table, October 1, 1895" by Various

In poetry:

Players are not free to choose
Suit assigned nor hand refuse
Dealt them, careless of their skill
Shuffled blindly, well or ill.
"Card Game" by A D Hope
The players of the past are gone;
The races rise; the races pass;
And softly over all is drawn
The quiet Curtain of the Grass.
"Players" by Victor James Daley
Some players upon plaintive strings
Publish their wistfulness abroad:
I have not spoken of these things,
Save to one man, and unto God.
"The Precept of Silence" by Lionel Pigot Johnson
And one player worked at the brewery;
When he saw the wonderful " GATE ",
He ran all the way back to work again
And had " one over the eight"!
"One Over The Eight (Football Score!)" by T W Connor
There’s a glorious game called Foot-ball
—I've played it since I was seven —
It's a game where the players all go mad
And Referees go to Heaven!
"One Over The Eight (Football Score!)" by T W Connor
Rejoice, and be glad! for the God of all grace
Hath heard our players at length,—
And bids Australia run her new race,
As the Sun going forth in his strength!
"Australia Emancipated. (A Ballad For Colonial Patriots)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Police say a Tennessee Titans player and former University of South Carolina football player has died of an apparent suicide.
Yes, quarterback Hunter Renfrow is a star-studded player recently named the Region VII-AAA Player of the Year.
Clemson running back Andre Ellington and center Dalton Freeman headline a list of eight players named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Tuesday.
POTSDAM, N.Y.—The State University of New York Athletic Conference has named SUNY Potsdam volleyball player Rachel Auerbach its women's volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending Oct 14.
Players (left to right) Ron Hainsey of Winnipeg, Manny Malhotra of Vancouver and Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh listen as Don Fehr, executive director for the NHL Players Associations, speaks to reporters Thursday.
Detroit's Ndamukong Suh - who was twice named the NFL's dirtiest player in Sporting News player polls - will not be suspended for kicking Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin in the Lions' 34-31 overtime loss on Thanksgiving Day.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.—Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were among five players nominated Monday for the PGA Tour player of the year.
Two Navarro College basketball players are dead and five other players and two coaches are hospitalized after an 18-wheeler slammed into a team van overnight.
A UTAH STATE basketball player who collapsed at practice and had to be revived after he stopped breathing is improving and making good progress, school officials said Wednesday night, although the player remains in critical condition.
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, talks to Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell about the "Bountygate" scandal, in which some players were allegedly paid reward money for causing injuries on the field.
1 singles player Kasey Adams dropped a 10-4 decision to Bo Frangenberg, and no other Lynx singles player captured more than two games.
MISHAWAKA — Rarely has a team lost two Division I players and still been noteworthy for the players it has back.
Wotton said players and parents know the risks of football and that safer tackling is being coached and players are being supervised by doctors.
They include nine NDSU football players and three former players, who are charged with signing a name other than their own on a petition.
MLS's nationally televised player search has attracted 1,200 young players for Sueno MLS 2010, which expands to Houston, and returns to Los Angeles and Chicago.

In science:

If at least one player remains after the first round, the second round continues with the remaining players, who must toss another coin with probability X2 for tails.
Bernoulli Sieve
Player I wins if the root label is T; player II wins if it is F.
Random-Turn Hex and other selection games
In a quantum version of the game, each player possess a qubit, whose state determines whether the player will cooperate or defect.
Quantum Parrondo's game with random strategies
Formally, Meyer’s idea, in which a quantum player puts the system in a state that moves of the classical player do not change, provides an advantage for the quantum player.
Quantum advantages in classically defined tasks
The game involves a classical player, and he invariably causes decoherence of the quantum state, thereby eliminating the advantage of the quantum player.
Quantum advantages in classically defined tasks