Recreation and Sports

a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only one hit
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 2 hits
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team only 3 hits
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 4 hits
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team 5 hits
a capella singing
singing without instrumental accompaniment
the gymnastic moves of an acrobat
a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes
American football game
a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays
fishing with a hook and line (and usually a pole)
apache dance
a violent fast dance in French vaudeville (an apache is a member of the French underworld)
apache devil dance
a ritual dance of the Apache
April fool
a practical joke or trick played on the first day of April
sports that involve bodies of water
the sport of shooting arrows with a bow
association football
a football game in which two teams of 11 players try to kick or head a ball into the opponents' goal
athletic game
a game involving athletic activity
auto racing
the sport of racing automobiles
an auxiliary activity
a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)
a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net
bait casting
the single-handed rod casting of a relatively heavy (artificial) bait
ball game
a field game played with a ball (especially baseball)
a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs
a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
ballroom dance
any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
banking game
any gambling game in which bets are laid against the gambling house or the dealer
a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
the act of swimming for pleasure or recreation
an ancient racket game
a hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter
hunting rabbits with beagles
an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations
a ballroom dance that originated in the French West Indies; similar to the rumba
bel canto
a style of operatic singing
belly dance
a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
belly flop
a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
the act of gambling
riding a bicycle
the entertainment offered at a public presentation
an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
blood sport
sport that involves killing animals (especially hunting)
a gay festivity
boat racing
the sport of racing boats
riding on a bobsled
a Spanish dance in triple time accompanied by guitar and castanets
managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument
fighting with the fists
break dance
a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music
broad jump
the act of jumping as far as possible from a running start
bubble dance
a solo dance similar to a fan dance except large balloons are used instead of fans
a solo tap dance emphasizing sharp taps
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
a spectacular show organized in 1883 by William F. Cody that featured horseback riding and marksmanship on a large scale; toured the United States and Europe
acting like a clown or buffoon
the activity at a bullfight
bunny hug
a syncopated ballroom dance formerly popular in the US
a series of acts at a night club
a strutting dance based on a march; was performed in minstrel shows; originated as a competition among Black dancers to win a cake
camel racing
the sport of racing camels
a high-kicking dance of French origin performed by a female chorus line
liturgical chanting
card trick
a trick performed with playing cards
a lively ballroom dance that resembles the samba
a festival marked by merrymaking and processions
a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.
singing joyful religious songs (especially at Christmas)
the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel
the act of throwing dice
a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
ceremonial dance
a dance that is part of a religious ritual
a modern ballroom dance from Latin America; small steps and swaying movements of the hips
the act of singing in a monotonous tone
guessing game in which one player pantomimes a word or phrase for others to guess
an American ballroom dance in syncopated rhythm; popular early in the 20th century
a show involving artistic dancing
a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals
classical ballet
a style of ballet based on precise conventional steps performed with graceful and flowing movements
cliff diving
diving into the water from a steep overhanging cliff
clock golf
a form of golf in which you putt from positions arranged on the circumference of a circle around the hole
a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles; has heavy stamping steps
participation in the sport of matching gamecocks in a cockfight
singing with florid ornamentation
comedy ballet
a ballet that stresses the drama with features of comedy
computer game
a game played against a computer
a Latin American dance of 3 steps and a kick by people in single file
an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
contact sport
a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
contra danse
a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
corn dance
a rain dance of Amerindians
a lively dance originating in France in the 18th century
a demonstration held in opposition to another demonstration
a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats
hunting with dogs (usually greyhounds) that are trained to chase game (such as hares) by sight instead of by scent
court game
an athletic game played on a court
court tennis
an ancient form of tennis played in a four-walled court
a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
crap game
playing craps
a gambling game played with two dice; a first throw of 7 or 11 wins and a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses and a first throw of any other number must be repeated to win before a 7 is thrown, which loses the bet and the dice
foolish or senseless behavior
a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players; teams take turns trying to score runs
the act of singing popular songs in a sentimental manner
singing in a soft low tone
a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops; the winner is the first to traverse all the hoops and hit a peg
cross-country jumping
riding horses across country over obstructions to demonstrate horsemanship
cross-country skiing
the sport of skiing across the countryside (rather than downhill)
a light leap by a horse in which both hind legs leave the ground before the forelegs come down
the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle
daily double
a single bet on two horse races in the same day
daisy cutter
a batted or served ball that skims along close to the ground
dance of death
a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
day game
a game played in daylight
dead-man's float
a floating position with the face down and arms stretched forward
the exposure of falseness or pretensions
deck tennis
game played mainly on board ocean liners; players toss a ring back and forth over a net that is stretched across a small court
deer hunt
hunting deer
a show of military force or preparedness
a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
a brief swim in water
dirty trick
an unkind or aggressive trick
something shown to the public
a headlong plunge into water
a square-dance figure; two dancers approach each other and circle back to back before returning to their original places
children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office
dog show
a competitive exhibition of dogs
double stopping
stopping two strings and producing two notes at the same time
tennis played with two players on each side
badminton played with two players on each side
dramatic performance
the act of performing a drama
players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots
maneuvers of a horse in response to body signals by the rider
a quaint and amusing jest
duck hunting
hunting ducks
ducks and drakes
a game in which a flat stone is bounced along the surface of calm water
(ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)
dune cycling
bicycling or motorcycling on sand dunes
entertainment that is intended to be educational
a Scottish reel for eight dancers
any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)
an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand
a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
equestrian sport
a sport that tests horsemanship
the sport of sitting on the back of a horse while controlling its movements
a bet that you can pick the first and second finishers in the right order
the act of exhibiting
presentation to view in an open or public manner
a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
fan dance
a solo dance in which large fans are manipulated to suggest or reveal nakedness
fan tan
a Chinese gambling game; a random number of counters are placed under a bowl and you gamble on how many will be left (0, 1, 2, or 3 modulo 4)
a provocative Spanish courtship dance in triple time; performed by a man and a woman playing castanets
a lively dance from Provence; all the dancers join hands and execute various figures
Fat Tuesday
a carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday (the last day before Lent) but especially in New Orleans
(in Spanish speaking regions) a local festival or fair, usually in honor of some patron saint
an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)
field game
an outdoor game played on a field of specified dimensions
field hockey
a game resembling ice hockey that is played on an open field; two opposing teams use curved hockey sticks try to drive a ball into the opponents' net
field sport
a sport that is played outdoors
a boxing or wrestling match
figure skating
ice skating where the skates trace outlines of selected figures
film festival
a cinematic festival that features films (usually films produced during the past year)
play in which children pretend to put out a fire
the act of someone who fishes as a diversion
a game resembling handball; played on a court with a front wall and two side walls
a style of dancing characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies; vigorous and rhythmic with clapping and stamping of feet
a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water
the act of flipping a coin
the act of someone who floats on the water
fly casting
casting an artificial fly as a lure
angling with an artificial fly as a lure
flying mare
a wrestling maneuver
folk dance
a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
Fosbury flop
jumping over the bar backwards and head first
fox hunting
mounted hunters follow hounds in pursuit of a fox
a ballroom dance in quadruple time; combines short and long and fast and slow steps fixed sequences
full gainer
a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward to complete a full backward somersault and enters the water feet first and facing away from the diving board
walking on a tightrope or slack rope
gambling game
a game that involves gambling
frivolous or trifling behavior
an old formal French dance in quadruple time
ghost dance
a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the dead
a game played on a large open course with 9 or 18 holes; the object is use as few strokes as possible in playing all the holes
the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down
Greco-Roman wrestling
a style of wrestling where the wrestlers are forbidden to tackle or trip or use holds below the waist
greyhound racing
the sport of racing greyhounds
guessing game
a game in which participants compete to identify some obscurely indicated thing
gymnastic exercise
a sport that involves exercises intended to display strength and balance and agility
a Cuban dance in duple time
half gainer
a dive in which the diver throws the feet forward and up to complete a half backward somersault and enters the water facing the diving board
a game played in a walled court or against a single wall by two or four players who strike a rubber ball with their hands
baseball as distinguished from softball
hare and hounds
an outdoor game; one group of players (the hares) start off on a long run scattering bits of paper (the scent) and pursuers (the hounds) try to catch them before they reach a designated spot
singing in harmony
Hawaiian dancing
a Polynesian rain dance performed by a woman
high jinks
noisy and mischievous merrymaking
high jump
the act of jumping as high as possible over a horizontal bar
highland fling
a vigorous Scottish reel
a game played on an ice rink by two opposing teams of six skaters each who try to knock a flat round puck into the opponents' goal with angled hockey sticks
dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures
a British solo dance performed by sailors
horse racing
the sport of racing horses
rowdy or boisterous play
a game in which iron rings (or open iron rings) are thrown at a stake in the ground in the hope of encircling it
a competitive exhibition of horses
a practical joke that involves inserting a match surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe and then lighting it
play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults
the act of singing with closed lips
the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport
a traditional Irish game resembling hockey; played by two teams of 15 players each
hydroplane racing
racing in high-speed motor boats
the act of singing psalms or hymns
ice show
any entertainment performed by ice skaters
ice skating
skating on ice
boxing at close quarters
the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
interpretative dance
a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong
Isthmian Games
the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially on the Isthmus of Corinth in the first and third years of each Olympiad
a dive in which the diver bends to touch the ankles before straightening out
jai alai
a Basque or Spanish game played in a court with a ball and a wickerwork racket
jam session
an impromptu jazz concert
jazz festival
a festival that features performances by jazz artists
any of various old rustic dances involving kicking and leaping
a jerky American dance that was popular in the 1940s
a sport adapted from jujitsu (using principles of not resisting) and similar to wrestling; developed in Japan
throwing and catching several objects simultaneously
the act of participating in an athletic competition in which you must jump
singing popular songs accompanied by a recording of an orchestra (usually in bars or nightclubs)
a festival featuring African-American culture; celebrated between Christmas and New Year
a game invented by American Indians; now played by two teams who use long-handled rackets to catch and carry and throw the ball toward the opponents' goal
a quadrille for 8 or 16 couples
a moderately slow Austrian country dance in triple time; involves spinning and clapping
last hurrah
a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
lawn tennis
a game played with rackets by two or four players who hit a ball back and forth over a net that divides the court
lecture demonstration
presentation of an example of what the lecturer is discoursing about
as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true
light show
a display of colored lights moving in shifting patterns
an energetic American dance that was popular in the 1930s (probably named for the aviator Charles Lindbergh)
country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
lucky dip
a game in which prizes (e.g., candies or coins) are concealed in a container and for a small sum a player can draw one out at random
Ludi Saeculares
the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation); observances may have begun as early as the 5th century BC and lasted well into the Christian era
riding a light one-man toboggan
a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba
match play
golf scoring by holes won
a Polish national dance in triple time
medal play
golf scoring by total strokes taken
(Yiddish) craziness; senseless behavior or activity
entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated
mind game
any game designed to exercise the intellect
miniature golf
a novelty version of golf played with golf balls and putters on a miniature course featuring many obstacles
a stately court dance in the 17th century
modern ballet
a style of ballet that admits a wider variety of movements
modern dance
a style of theatrical dancing that is not as restricted as classical ballet; movements are expressive of feelings
morris dance
any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
riding a motorcycle
musical performance
the act of performing music
(craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake
an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
Nemean Games
the ancient Panhellenic games held biennially at Nemea in the second and fourth years of each Olympiad
a team game that resembles basketball; a soccer ball is to be thrown so that it passes through a ring on the top of a post
night game
a game played under artificial illumination at night
night life
the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
no-hit game
a game in which a pitcher allows the opposing team no hits
nude dancing
erotic dancing with little or no clothing
an illegal daily lottery
an autumn festival that involves merrymaking and drinking beer
Olympian Games
the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Olympia in honor of Zeus; held every 4 years beginning in 776 BC
one-night stand
a performance in one place on one night only
an early ballroom dance; precursor to the fox-trot
outdoor game
an athletic game that is played outdoors
a cast that falls beyond the intended spot
a Japanese pinball game played on a vertical board
a game that simulates military combat; players on one team try to eliminate players on the opposing team by shooting capsules of paint at them
an Italian game similar to tennis
a visible display
betting where winners share the total amount wagered
a series of wagers in which the winnings from one wager are used as a stake for the subsequent wagers
singing with three or more voice parts
party game
a game to amuse guests at a party
pas de quatre
(ballet) a dance for four people
pas de trois
(ballet) a dance for three people
pas seul
(ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
paso doble
a ballroom dance in fast duple time
a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
perfect game
a game in which a pitcher does not allow any opposing player to reach base
the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
a cadenced trot executed by the horse in one spot
the sport of hunting wild boar with spears
a game played on a sloping board; the object is to propel marbles against pins or into pockets
playing a pipe or the bagpipes
vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
place bet
a bet that a horse will finish a race no worse than second
the act of playing a musical instrument
an agreeable or amusing remark
a Bohemian dance with 3 steps and a hop in fast time
a game similar to field hockey but played on horseback using long-handled mallets and a wooden ball
a sport in which people ride across country on ponies
practical joke
a prank or trick played on a person (especially one intended to make the victim appear foolish)
manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
prisoner's base
a children's game; two teams capture opposing players by tagging them and taking them to their own base
(law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law
professional baseball
playing baseball for money
professional basketball
playing basketball for money
professional boxing
boxing for money
professional football
football played for pay
professional golf
playing golf for money
professional tennis
playing tennis for money
professional wrestling
wrestling for money
a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
a square dance figure; couples march counterclockwise in a circle
a game using a leather ball six feet in diameter; the two side try to push it across the opponents' goal
an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare
Pythian Games
the ancient Panhellenic celebration at Delphi held every four years in the third year of the Olympiad in honor of Apollo
a square dance of 5 or more figures for 4 or more couples
a ballroom dance with both quick and slow steps
the sport of engaging in contests of speed
a game played on a handball court with short-handled rackets
a lottery in which the prizes are goods rather than money
a boisterous practical joke (especially by college students)
rain dance
a ritual dance intended to bring rain
a street show
a new or different interpretation
unrestrained merrymaking
a folk dance in duple time that originated in Cuba with Spanish and African elements; features complex footwork and violent movement
a ballroom dance based on the Cuban folk dance
ring dance
a folk dance; dancers form a circle
a children's game in which the players dance around in a circle and at a given signal all squat
road show
a show on tour
rock climbing
the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)
an exhibition of cowboy skills
roller skating
skating on wheels
skating using Rollerblades
a boxing tactic: pretending to be trapped against the ropes while your opponent wears himself out throwing punches
a gambling game in which players bet on which compartment of a revolving wheel a small ball will come to rest in
round dance
a ballroom dance characterized by revolving movement
the activity of playing 18 holes of golf
an English ball game similar to baseball
the act of rowing as a sport
Royal National Eisteddfod
an eisteddfod with competitions in music and drama and poetry and the fine arts
a form of football played with an oval ball
the act of participating in an athletic competition involving running on a track
a lively ballroom dance from Brazil
a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time
a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
singing jazz; the singer substitutes nonsense syllables for the words of the song and tries to sound like a musical instrument
a German round dance resembling a slow polka
(Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning
Scottish reel
a lively dance of Scottish Highlanders; marked by circular moves and gliding steps
scuba diving
skin diving with scuba apparatus
rowing by a single oarsman in a racing shell
sea bathing
bathing in the sea or ocean
a sexual escapade; an illicit affair
a lively dance step consisting of hopping on each foot in turn
a festival held at the time sheep are normally sheared
lively dancing (usually to ragtime music) with much shaking of the shoulders and hips
a simple version of hockey played by children on the streets (or on ice or on a field) using a ball or can as the puck
a game in which players use long sticks to shove wooden disks onto the scoring area marked on a smooth surface
the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
riding horses in competitions over set courses to demonstrate skill in jumping over obstacles
a minor show that is part of a larger one (as at the circus)
informal group singing of popular songs
the act of singing vocal music
tennis played with one person on each side
badminton played with one person on each side
a rhythmic dance to reggae music performed by bending forward and extending the hands while bending the knees
the sport of skating on a skateboard
the sport of gliding on skates
ski jumping
the act of performing a jump on skis from a high ramp overhanging a snow covered slope
a sport in which participants must travel on skis
skin diving
underwater swimming without any more breathing equipment than a snorkel
a naked swim
slam dance
a form of dancing in which dancers slam into one another; normally performed to punk rock
the sport of riding on a sled or sleigh
snake dance
a ceremonial dance (as by the Hopi) in which snakes are handled or invoked
snipe hunt
an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it
snorkel diving
skin diving with a snorkel
social dancing
dancing as part of a social occasion
tap dancing wearing shoes that have soft soles
a game closely resembling baseball that is played on a smaller diamond and with a ball that is larger and softer
a voice exercise; singing scales or runs to the same syllable
singing using solfa syllables to denote the notes of the scale of C major
making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer
spectator sport
a sport that many people find entertaining to watch
speed skating
competitive skating on speed skates (usually around an oval course)
the pastime of exploring caves
bowing in such a way that the bow bounces lightly off the strings
a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)
sporting life
active interest in gambling on sports events
square dance
American country dancing in which couples form squares
a game played in an enclosed court by two or four players who strike the ball with long-handled rackets
a stolen base; an instance in which a base runner advances safely during the delivery of a pitch (without the help of a hit or walk or passed ball or wild pitch)
a form of baseball played in the streets with a rubber ball and broomstick handle
a dance involving a rhythmical stamping step
the kind of playing that involves pressing the fingers on the strings of a stringed instrument to control the pitch
a form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music
a Japanese form of wrestling; you lose if you are forced out of a small ring or if any part of your body (other than your feet) touches the ground
sun bathing
immersing the body in sunlight
sun dance
a ceremonial dance performed by Amerindians at the summer solstice
a bet that you can pick the first four finishers in a race in the right order
surf casting
casting (artificial) bait far out into the ocean (up to 200 yards) with the waves breaking around you
the sport of riding a surfboard toward the shore on the crest of a wave
swallow dive
a dive in which the diver arches the back with arms outstretched before entering the water
a lottery in which the prize consists of the money paid by the participants
the act of swimming
a square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them
sword dance
any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air
a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin
tap dance
a dance step tapped out audibly with the feet
a lively whirling Italian dance for two persons
team sport
a sport that involves competition between teams of players
playful vexation
a game with two players who use rackets to strike a ball that is tethered to the top of a pole; the object is to wrap the string around the pole
thoroughbred racing
the sport of racing thoroughbred horses
three-day event
an equestrian competition; the first day is dressage; the second is cross-country jumping; the third is stadium jumping
three-ring circus
a circus with simultaneous performances in three rings
casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
riding on a long light sled with low handrails
toe dance
a dance performed on tiptoe
a lottery in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum
touch football
a version of American football in which the ball carrier is touched rather than tackled
track and field
participating in athletic sports performed on a running track or on the field associated with it
(music) playing in a different key from the key intended; moving the pitch of a piece of music upwards or downwards
treasure hunt
a game in which players try to find hidden articles by using a series of clues
angling by drawing a baited line through the water
turkey trot
an early ragtime one-step
social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s
a ballroom dance in duple meter; marked by sliding steps
ultimate frisbee
a game between two teams whose players try to toss a Frisbee to one another until they cross the opponents goal; possession changes hands when the Frisbee is intercepted or touches the ground or goes out of bounds
a ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat
victory celebration
a celebration following a victory in a battle or sports competition
Virginia reel
an American country dance which starts with the couples facing each other in two lines
virtual reality
a hypothetical three-dimensional visual world created by a computer; user wears special goggles and fiber optic gloves etc., and can enter and move about in this world and interact with objects as if inside it
a game in which two teams hit an inflated ball over a high net using their hands
war dance
a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
water polo
a game played in a swimming pool by two teams of swimmers who try to throw an inflated ball into the opponents' goal
skiing on water while being towed by a motorboat
noisy and boisterous revelry
word play
playing on words or speech sounds
singing by changing back and forth between the chest voice and a falsetto