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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
playground
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
adventure playground
the school playground
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
adventure
▪ Indoor leisure pool, adventure playground, shop and launderette.
▪ Many a swimming pool fund has run into choppy water and adventure playground appeals turned into assault courses!
▪ It's like an adventure playground but everything in it is padded with foam to provide a safe learning environment.
▪ More recently they have been a popular adventure playground for youngsters.
▪ Children's Playground A large adventure playground is situated adjacent to the insect house, conveniently near the cafeteria and main picnic lawn.
▪ Picnic/barbeque areas, play area, adventure playground.
▪ This first indoor adventure playground contract is worth £80,000.
▪ Extensive flower gardens, an adventure playground, and cafeteria, all help to make this a delightful place to visit.
school
▪ Jason was part of a team involved in producing a mural for a nursery school playground.
▪ He drove the motor scooter through the school playground and then to the Presbyterian parking lot.
▪ He was alone in the school playground whilst the other children were at their Good Friday assembly.
▪ Children in primary school playgrounds clearly demonstrate an instinctive pleasure in rhythm, pattern and rhyme.
▪ It was a pleasant two-bedroomed house with a long garden running between the school playground and the Shoosmiths' garden next door.
▪ Debris from the two aircraft killed two children in a school playground in a suburb of Philadelphia.
▪ Damnation Derek School playgrounds are supposed to be safe places, and in general I suppose that they are.
▪ In my experience very few genuine disasters ever happen in the school playground.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The Catskill resorts were once the playground of the rich and famous.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Any film appearance by Robin Hood reinforced a belief that this wooded playground was surely once part of a Sherwood Forest.
▪ He can lapse into playground language at moments of stress, or even, at one point, some pompous Hancockian self-pity.
▪ He drove the motor scooter through the school playground and then to the Presbyterian parking lot.
▪ I could have taken him to the playground and gone shopping the next day.
▪ Parks and playgrounds that are perfect for picnicking include the Esplanade, which runs along the banks of the Charles River.
▪ The main passage led through to the playground via three brick steps and a slope.
▪ The question whispered through her mind, fed with memories of the valley from her childhood when it had been her playground.
▪ The rest of the hard drive is your playground.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Playground

Playground \Play"ground`\, n. A piece of ground used for recreation; as, the playground of a school.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
playground

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

Wiktionary
playground

n. 1 (context outdoors English) A large open space to play on, usually for children. 2 A yard or other open-air space on a school campus where the children can play, especially during breaks 3 (context urban English) Small area with dedicated play equipment, usually for children 4 (context figuratively English) Any physical or metaphysical space in which a person or organization has free rein to do as they please.

WordNet
playground
  1. n. an area where many people go for recreation [syn: resort area, vacation spot]

  2. yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play

Wikipedia
Playground (song)

"Playground" is a single by Another Bad Creation, from the album Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know! Released on March 25, 1991, the song reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #4 on the R&B chart, and #36 on the Dance chart.

Playground (disambiguation)

A playground is an area designed for children to play.

It may also refer to:

  • The Playground Theater, Chicago
Playground (TV series)

Playground is a Canadian short film television series which aired on CBC Television in 1962.

Playground (Michel Petrucciani album)

Playground is a jazz album by Michel Petrucciani, which features his generally acoustic-based approach being transformed by the addition of synthesizers and electric bass guitar in the ensemble, as well as a more funk-rhythm driven approach to the music.

Playground (Steve Kuhn & Sheila Jordan album)

Playground is an album by the Steve Kuhn/ Sheila Jordan Band recorded in 1979 and released on the ECM label.

Playground (3/3)

Playground is a public artwork by American artist Tony Smith, located at Beverly Gardens Park in Beverly Hills, California. It is a welded steel sculpture surfaced with black paint. The sculpture was conceived in 1962 and cast in 2003. Situated on the edge of Beverly Gardens Park and visible from the street, this sculpture is mounted on an approximately 4” tall concrete platform. It measures 5’ 4” height x 10’ 8” width x 5’ 4” depth (163 x 325 x 163 cm).

Playground (film)

Playground is a 2009 documentary directed by Libby Spears. The film focuses on the child sex trade in the United States.

Playground challenges the notion that the sexual exploitation of children is limited to back-alley brothels in developing countries and traces the epidemic of exploitation to its disparate, and decidedly American, roots — among them the way children are educated about sex, and the problem of raising awareness about a crime that inherently cannot be shown.

The film includes interviews with Ernie Allen, President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Judge Sanford "Sammy" Jones, Former Chief Judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court and unfolds as a search for Michelle, an everyday American girl who was lost to the underbelly of sexual exploitation as a child and has yet to resurface a decade later.

Playground features original artwork by Japanese pop artist, Yoshitomo Nara, and animation by Heather Bursch.

Playground

A playground, playpark, or play area is a place with a specific design to allow children to play there. It may be indoors but is typically outdoors (where it may be called a tot lot in some regions). While a playground is usually designed for children, some playgrounds are designed for other age groups. Berlin's Preußenpark for example is designed for senior adults age 70 or higher. It is possible for a playground to exclude children if they are below the required age for entrance.

Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the seesaw, merry-go-round, swingset, slide, jungle gym, chin-up bars, sandbox, spring rider, trapeze rings, playhouses, and mazes, many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment. Common in modern playgrounds are play structures that link many different pieces of equipment.

Playgrounds often also have facilities for playing informal games of adult sports, such as a baseball diamond, a skating arena, a basketball court, or a tether ball.

Public playground equipment refers to equipment intended for use in the play areas of parks, schools, child care facilities, institutions, multiple family dwellings, restaurants, resorts, and recreational developments, and other areas of public use.

A type of playground called a playscape is designed to provide a safe environment for play in a natural setting.

Usage examples of "playground".

Anubis ignored the entrance to the zigzag path and at first Susan thought that the smell of aniseed must have vanished in the keen morning air, and that the hounds, having nothing to guide them, were now intent on their accustomed run on the moor and were heading for their usual playground.

I know more football than any truck driver, more baseball than any fantasy geek, more hoops than any baller on the playground.

As a boy his playground had been the little rock-girt port of Dysart, and as the son of honest David Lammas, who could build a smack with any man between Berwick and Aberdeen, he had been made free of the harbour life.

Nor that a sweep-winged parafoil had narrowly missed a redwood tree while banking upward from a school playground near Soquel, California.

There were hanging gardens, miniature forests, waterfalls, small game preserves, lakelets, parklets, and playgrounds.

It was easy to imagine that this desolate region, not frequented by mankind, was the playground of unbenign spirits, and he fancied, as the Pacha had done, that elfish beings scoffed among the pines upon the plain.

The following fly goes wrong: the hitter is out of position, the ball leaves the field and comes down with a whish and a tearing of foliage into the woods bordering the playground.

Lady Sunshine ran in her trim white spacecraft to Amabile, which was one of the playground worlds of men.

The playground here was a sloping gravel lot, sparsely tufted with grass and cockleburs, enclosed on three sides by a hurricane fence and on the east by the school itself.

There was history between him and her: history back to their shared childhood days in the orphanage, when the customhouse had been their playground.

In silence, he attached one end of the birdpaper to the windowsill, his head spinning with his mysterious observations as a flaneur and his mysterious errand as a concierge, and in silence he dangled the rest outside, where it curved stiffly over the pond like a slide at a playground.

Comedy Store were playgrounds for Andy Kaufman, David Letterman, Elayne Boosler, Jay Leno, Larry Miller, Paul Reiser, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, and Jerry Seinfeld.

In the logicless way of dreams, the grassy field transformed itself into an idyllic playground, with slides and swings and seesaws and toys strewn everywhere.

Keeping my eye on the teacher on playground duty, I would slowly edge my way towards the bush.

Running together as wild young things with the endless beaches and mountains and sun-washed plains of Namaqua land as their playground.