Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In a play, action carried on aside, and commonly in dumb show, while the main action proceeds; action not intended to be observed by some of the persons present.
  • noun A diversion; something apart from the main purpose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Action carried on aside, and commonly in dumb show, while the main action proceeds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun theater Any action, carried out onstage during a performance, apart from the main action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect

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by- +‎ play

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