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[pley-ground] /ˈpleɪˌgraʊnd/
an area used for outdoor play or recreation, especially by children, and often containing recreational equipment such as slides and swings.
Informal. any place, environment, or facility used for recreation or amusement, as a resort:
The tropical island is an international playground for the rich.
an arena of operation or activity.
Origin of playground
1770-80; play + ground1 Unabridged
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  • In the sense in which a playground is a school—a playground without rules or methods or a director—there is a school of the woods.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • He knew how to play as well as to study, and his laugh on the playground was as merry as any.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • Actions wholly appropriate to the gymnasium or the playground may be quite out of character in the Assembly Hall.

  • The Poor Boy is off to his playground, and it's time you got ready for your walk.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
  • In his earlier time at Eton, Shelley suffered more than most boys of his age from the tyranny of the playground.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. I (of 2) John Cordy Jeaffreson
British Dictionary definitions for playground


an outdoor area for children's play, esp one having swings, slides, etc, or adjoining a school
a place or region particularly popular as a sports or holiday resort
a sphere of activity: reading was his private playground
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Word Origin and History for playground

1780, from play (v.) + ground (n.). Old English had plegstow "village sports ground," literally "place for play."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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playground in Technology

A visual language for children, developed for Apple's Vivarium Project. OOPSLA 89 or 90?

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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