• Nobody must indulge in sports
    Nobody must indulge in sports
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sport play boisterously "The children frolicked in the garden","the gamboling lambs in the meadows","The toddlers romped in the playroom"
    • v sport wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner "she was sporting a new hat"
    • n sport the occupation of athletes who compete for pay
    • n sport an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
    • n sport verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously) "he became a figure of fun","he said it in sport"
    • n sport (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
    • n sport someone who engages in sports
    • n sport a person known for the way she (or he) behaves when teased or defeated or subjected to trying circumstances "a good sport","a poor sport"
    • n sport (Maine colloquial) a temporary summer resident of Maine
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sporting gentleman on shoot sporting gentleman on shoot
Sporting Constable Sporting Constable
Brownsville's Winter Sport Brownsville's Winter Sport
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the U.S., the sport that causes the most injuries among the age group of 15-24 is basketball
    • Sport (Bot. & Zoöl) A plant or an animal, or part of a plant or animal, which has some peculiarity not usually seen in the species; an abnormal variety or growth. See Sporting plant, under Sporting.
    • Sport A sportsman; a gambler.
    • Sport Diversion of the field, as fowling, hunting, fishing, racing, games, and the like, esp. when money is staked.
    • Sport Mock; mockery; contemptuous mirth; derision. "Then make sport at me; then let me be your jest."
    • Sport Play; idle jingle. "An author who should introduce such a sport of words upon our stage would meet with small applause."
    • Sport That which diverts, and makes mirth; pastime; amusement. "It is as sport to a fool to do mischief.""Her sports were such as carried riches of knowledge upon the stream of delight.""Think it but a minute spent in sport ."
    • Sport That with which one plays, or which is driven about in play; a toy; a plaything; an object of mockery. "Flitting leaves, the sport of every wind.""Never does man appear to greater disadvantage than when he is the sport of his own ungoverned passions."
    • Sport (Bot. & Zoöl) To assume suddenly a new and different character from the rest of the plant or from the type of the species; -- said of a bud, shoot, plant, or animal. See Sport n., 6.
    • Sport To divert; to amuse; to make merry; -- used with the reciprocal pronoun. "Against whom do ye sport yourselves?"
    • Sport To exhibit, or bring out, in public; to use or wear; as, to sport a new equipage.
    • Sport To give utterance to in a sportive manner; to throw out in an easy and copious manner; -- with off; as, to sport off epigrams.
    • Sport To play; to frolic; to wanton. "Fish], sporting with quick glance,
      Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold."
    • Sport To practice the diversions of the field or the turf; to be given to betting, as upon races.
    • Sport To represent by any kind of play. "Now sporting on thy lyre the loves of youth."
    • Sport To trifle. "He sports with his own life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Badminton originates from a sport in India called "poona."
    • sport To amuse; divert; entertain; make merry: commonly with a reflexive object.
    • sport To represent by any kind of play.
    • sport To display sportively or with ostentation; show-off; show; exhibit.
    • sport To spend in display.
    • sport To cause to sport, or vary from the normal type.
    • sport To divert one's self; play; frolic; take part in games or other pastimes; specifically, to practise field-sports.
    • sport To jest; speak or act jestingly; trifle.
    • sport In zoöl, and botany, to become a sport; produce a sport; vary from normal structure in a singular spontaneous manner, as an animal or a plant. See sport. n., 8.
    • n sport Amusement; enjoyment; entertainment; diversion; fun.
    • n sport A mode of amusement; a playful act or proceeding; apastime; amerrymaking; aplay, game, or other form of diversion.
    • n sport Specifically— A dramatic or spectacular performance.
    • n sport Any out-of-door pastime, such as hunting, fishing, racing, or the various forms of athletic contests.
    • n sport Jest, as opposed to earnest; mere pleasantry.
    • n sport Amorous dallying; wantonness.
    • n sport A plaything; a toy.
    • n sport A subjeet of amusement, mirth, or derision; especially, a mock; a laughing-stock.
    • n sport Play; idle jingle.
    • n sport In zoology and botany, an animal or a plant, or any part of one, that varies suddenly or singularly from the normal type of structure, and is usually of transient character, or not perpetuated. A sport is generally an individual variation of apparently spontaneous origin. The difference from the normal type is usually slight, but may be quite marked; in either case its tendency is to disappear with the individual in which it arises, though sonic sports repeat themselves, or may be preserved by careful selection. If perpetuated, it becomes a strain, breed, or variety. Sports are observed chiefly among domesticated animals and cultivated plants. Many of the beautiful or curious hothouseflowers are mere sports, that are produced by high cultivation, crossing, or accident, and some valued breeds of domestic animals have arisen in like manner. Monstrous characters are sometim es acquired, but mere monstrosities or malformations are not usually called sports. Compare spontaneity, 2 , and freak of nature (under freak).
    • n sport A sporting man; one who is interested in open-air sports; hence, in a bad sense, a betting man; a gambler; a blackleg.
    • n sport Synonyms Recreation, hilarity, merriment, mirth, jollity, gamboling.
    • n sport Frolic, prank.
    • n sport A man; a fellow; especially a man who has a fad: as, a fresh-air sport.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sport of surfing originated in Hawaii
    • v.i Sport spōrt to play: to frolic: to practise field diversions: to trifle
    • v.t Sport to amuse: to make merry: to represent playfully: to spend in sport or display
    • n Sport that which amuses or makes merry: play: mirth: jest: contemptuous mirth: anything for playing with: a toy: idle jingle: field diversion: an animal or plant, or one of its organs, that varies singularly and spontaneously from the normal type
    • ***


  • Lord Byron
    “Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport.”
  • Jane Austen
    “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”
  • Hank Aaron
    Hank Aaron
    “I don't feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.”
  • Jackie Joyner Kersee
    Jackie Joyner Kersee
    “The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbreviated from disport,


In literature:

It was clean, honest sport, and no mean jealousy.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Near Kamloops the current is too sluggish, and sport is not very good.
"Fishing in British Columbia" by Thomas Wilson Lambert
In connection with his other duties, he was also a member of the Athletic Association and took a keen interest in college sports.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
Why, I'd just found out she was the best sport that ever lived.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
What worried me, however, was the simple fact that he did not care to fish or shoot for the so-called sport of either.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
You sports see that, don't you?
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He hardly ever hit them, and his hardest throw was harmless, but he learned to love the sport.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
That is the sporting room.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
At school, Fred was a leader both in study and sports.
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
All in all it is a fine sport, this hunting of the wild creatures of the wood without harming them.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard

In poetry:

Here she, her infant, and her maid,
Sport with the Swan, and give it bread;
While her gay boy, of nought afraid,
With lively transport sees it fed.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
As child forsakes his favourite toy,
His sisters' sport, his new-found nest,
And, climbing to his mother's breast,
Enjoys yet more his late-left joy—
"I Know What Beauty Is" by George MacDonald
Thou makest the hearts of the old feel glad,
Likewise the young child and the lad,
And the face of Nature to look green and gay,
And the little children to sport and play.
"The Beautiful Sun" by William Topaz McGonagall
The first of my days will be spent in Claremorris,
And in Balla, beside it, I'll have drinking and sport,
To Kiltimagh, then, I will go on a visit,
And there, I can tell you, a month will be short.
"Sojourning and Wandering" by Padraic Colum
I'll not be jealous—for pure is thy sporting,
Heaven-born is all that around thee is courting—
Still will I love thee, sweet Sprite of the mist,
As first when my brow with wild magic you kiss'd!
"Nymph of Niagra" by Samuel Lover
He takes to fighting as a game;
He does no talking, through his hat,
Of holy missions; all the same
He has his faith—be sure of that;
He'll not disgrace his sporting breed,
Nor play what isn't cricket. There's his creed.
"Thomas Of The Light Heart" by Sir Owen Seaman

In news:

When people discover you're a fan of one sport, they commonly assume you are a fan of, or at least conversant about, all sports.
Sam Gardner covers the NBA and a variety of other sports for FOX Sports.
The first TV sports channel devoted to a college sports powerhouse is bound to raise questions.
The Rose Bowl will never be what it was, but it still has tremendous value as a sports property and as an important date on the American sporting calendar.
Catch SportsDay On Air twice per week on Fox Sports Southwest, when Dallas Morning News experts discuss hot sports topics from the Cowboys, Mavericks, Stars, Rangers and colleges (check out TV listings for air times).
Sports Technology Ltd (ST) is a company formed to deliver services at large sporting events.
Yes, these are "sports" films, but their subject matter transcends sports and will appeal to documentary film fans as well as your sports fanatic friend/loved one.
Sports Columnist Tom Boswell will take your questions about Washington area sports and more.
Emmaus High School now has its own athletics sports webpage to keep students, families and fans up to date with the school's sports teams' wins, practice times, competition information and brief story coverage of various sporting events.
The Secret Service may be dominating the sporting news, but let us not overlook a more reassuring sports development.
He joins FOX Sports as lead Fantasy Sports Editor, and also acts as Digital Content Manager at
Mark Buergerm Larry Vaught and the 630 WLAP sports team keep you up to date with everything UK and the world of sports as a whole.
Under the terms of the agreement, sports wagering enthusiasts will be able to wager in the Cantor Race & Sports book at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino.
See Doug and Randy talk sports every week with the Sports edition of the TimesCast.
WKZO is everything Kalamazoo WKZO's features local news, weather and traffic every hour WKZO is also Kalamazoo's home for Tigers Baseball, Michigan State University Sports, and the Flagship for Western Michigan University sports.

In science:

This work was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research and the 21st century COE program “Topological Science and Technology” from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology of Japan.
Ni-impurity effects on the superconducting gap of La$_{2-x}$Sr$_{x}$CuO$_4$ studied from the magnetic field and temperature dependence of the electronic specific heat
The distinctive feature of the superconductor-insulator transition is that this is the transition at which by its very de finition one expects a singularity in tran sport properties.
Superinsulator-Superconductor Duality in Two Dimensions
Nattiv A (2000) Women in sport: Track and field.
Natural gaits of the non-pathological flat foot and high-arched foot
The work of KY was supported by the scientific grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan (No. 22740160).
Hybrid classical integrable structure of squashed sigma models -- a short summary
Lanning 386. — The spectrum of this star sports a blue continuum with He I absorption lines as well as late-K or M features plus broad Balmer emission lines.
A Spectroscopic Reconnaissance of UV-Bright Stars