byplay
noun Date: 1812 action engaged in on the side while the main action proceeds (as during a dramatic production)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Byplay — By play, n. Action carried on aside, and commonly in dumb show, while the main action proceeds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • byplay — [bī′plā΄] n. action, gestures, etc. going on aside from the main action or conversation, as in a play * * * …   Universalium

  • byplay — [bī′plā΄] n. action, gestures, etc. going on aside from the main action or conversation, as in a play …   English World dictionary

  • byplay — n. byplay between * * * [ baɪpleɪ] byplay between …   Combinatory dictionary

  • byplay — noun any action, carried out onstage during a performance, apart from the main action …   Wiktionary

  • byplay — n. sub plot, secondary action apart from the main activity (generally on stage in a play) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • byplay — noun subsidiary action in a play or film …   English new terms dictionary

  • byplay — noun (U) something that is less important than the main action, especially in a play …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • byplay — by·play …   English syllables

  • byplay — /ˈbaɪpleɪ/ (say buyplay) noun action or speech carried on aside while the main action proceeds, especially on the stage …   Australian English dictionary

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