What is a console game definition

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  1. 1. Informal, freely chosen, non-or only indirectly socially or economically goal-oriented activity
    1. a) which is for entertainment, pastime, pleasure, relaxation and often does not require any special effort
    2. b) which is carried out according to established rules under certain conditions, especially sporting combat by teams
    3. c) where success depends only on chance, gambling
    4. d) [transferred] ...
  2. 2. Number of related things, objects required for some board games
    1. [transfer] ...
  3. 3. (artistic) design, interpretation
    1. a) a composition on one instrument
    2. b) a dramatic work
  4. 4. (simple) acting
  5. 5. irregular movement of sth.
    1. [transfer] ...
    2. "A game of imagination" is an idea that is not strictly bound to reality
  6. 6. Action, behavior
    1. irresponsible, reckless behavior
  7. 7. Tail of the pheasant, black cock


informal, freely chosen, not or only indirectly socially or economically goal-oriented activity
that is for entertainment, pastime, pleasure, relaxation and often does not require any special effort
a fun, exciting, boring, educational game
stimulate a game, start, break off, make, win, lose, give up, give up lost
the child is completely absorbed in his play
She manages the household like in a game (= manages it effortlessly, easily)
everyone is still in the game (= everyone is still participating, no one has been eliminated)
which is carried out according to established rules under certain conditions, especially sporting combat by teams
the game will be played in the Olympic Stadium, in the hall
the game is running, is played with energy
the game ended 3-1 for, against the guests
our team played a good game in the first half
the royal game (= chess)
where success depends only on chance, gambling
play a game, play games
win and lose a lot of money in the game
he was addicted to the game
Guesthouses are places of drunkenness, forbidden games and gossip [↗G. Hauptm.4,301]
play a set game (= secret agreement to the detriment of a third party)
make a good face for the bad game (= reluctantly agree)
to play the wrong game with somebody, to play (= behave insincere to somebody)
play a double game with somebody disparagingly (= behave insincere towards somebody)
he has won the game with her (= has all advantages for himself)
Colloquially, he had an easy time of it (= he coped with it easily, effortlessly)
spoil the game for sb. (= thwart sb.'s plans)
⟨Etw. to risk etw. take risk
in doing so he was putting his health at risk
But it goes too far that I risk my reputation as an expert [↗H. Müller wage pusher8 a]
"There is a lot at stake here - the risk is very high, there is a lot to lose
Millions are at stake [↗DürrenmattRichter74]
Colloquially etw., leave sb. out of the game⟩etw., disregard sb
leave me out of the game!
keep your hands out of the game! (= don't deal with it!)
that must stay out of the game (= that must not be involved)
colloquial to be involved in sth. to be involved in sth
With this excellent performance, personal ambition was certainly also involved
another factor comes into play (= still has an effect)
he refused to interfere in the game
Don't you see that Eduard's big paws are involved here? [↗RemarqueSchwarzer Obelisk230]
Priam finally felt compelled to bring the council of elders into play (= to involve) [↗HagelstangeSpielball91]
⟨To have a hand in sth. contribute
where does she actually not have her hands in the game?
that with all the assassination attempts and assassinations ... police agents had their hands in the game [↗BebelAus mein Leben790]
Number of related things, objects required for some board games
There are two more dice for this game
come, the game is already set up!
They had forgotten to put a game of Skat cards in his coffin [↗GrassBlechtrommel336]
a game of knitting needles (= five knitting needles of the same size and length)
(artistic) design, interpretation
Grammar: only in the singular
a composition on one instrument
the brilliant game of the winner in the Chopin competition
playing on the flute, on the grand piano
but their [the band's] game almost went by in general noise [↗KafkaAmerika334]
with a sounding game (= with marching music) ... the music corps formed into ever new figures [↗Tageszeitung1971]
of a dramatic work
the expressive, natural, experienced, mannered play of this actor
practicing a game, performing
in this game she was Sleeping Beauty
the Middle English game of ›Everyman‹
irregular movement of sth.
the play of light and shadow
the play of the eyes and the muscles
Her fingers suddenly began to slide carelessly over the white, carmine-tinged rose [↗AndresLiebesschaukel99]
He lazily follows the play of the wind with the shiny and dark leaves [↗A. BranchEducation34]
a game of chance (= a strange, amazing coincidence)
a game of nature (= a strange form of nature)
"A game of imagination" an idea that is not strictly bound to reality
these considerations had hitherto only been a game of imagination
Action, behavior
a dangerous, daring, daring, criminal, frivolous, gallant, frivolous, reprehensible game
In many actions ... the intention of the working people not to allow the old game (= previous practices) to begin again became clearly visible [↗Urania1966]
irresponsible, reckless behavior
playing with fire
Going on this mountain tour without a guide is a game with life
playing with somebody's feelings, love
she just plays her game with him (= doesn't mean it seriously)
Tail of the pheasant, black grouse
the pheasant cock has a longer game than the pheasant hen


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Game n. ‘Non-useful, enjoyable, serious activity, pastime, amusement, competition’. The origin of the only continental western German. attested nouns (or verbs, see below) ahd. (9th century), mhd.spil 'dance, pastime, joke, entertainment, amusement, music, weapons, fighting game, competition', asächs.spil, mnd. mnl.spel, spil, nl.spel, afries.spil, spel (swed.spel, dan.spil, norw.spill are like aengl.spilian, swed.spela, dan.spille borrowings) is unknown. From the noun westgerm. * Spila- is derived from weakly inflected play Vb. ahd.spilōn (8th century), mhd.spiln, spilen 'play jokes, have fun (with physical exercises, fighting games, board or dice games), move lively, be happy, make music', asächs.spilon, mnd.spēlen , spillen, mnl.spēlen, nl.spelen, afries.spilia (westgerm * spilōn). The initial meaning is ‘dance, dance movement’ or dance, move lively ’. The noun often appears in fixed phrases, cf. spoiling the game, 'ruining a fun', being involved in the game 'being actively involved, being important' (16th century), having a hand in the game ' be ', bring into play' participate, include '(18th century). spielend Adv. ‘easy, effortless as in the game’ (17th century), actually part. Pres. to the above-mentioned verb. play vb. ‘Play through’ (16th century), ‘sth. perform until the end '(17th century),' tire yourself out by playing, wear out '(17th century),' win 'in play (17th century),' play from a template '(19th century) Century), in football 'handing the ball over to the next player', also 'playing a record, a tape' (20th century), reflexively 'happening, going on' (early 19th century). to play vb ‘Performing (on an instrument), making music’ (16th century), reflexively ‘moving to the foreground, showing off’ (19th century). to play vb ‘So. to procure sth. (secretly), to give an advantage ’(17th century, based on the card game). Allusion for ‘(hidden) allusion’ (17th century), according to the same condition. lat.allūsio. Player m. ‘Who plays’ (especially actor), ‘who plays a game of chance’, ahd.spilāri ‘hand drummers, dancers, jugglers, actors’ (around 900), mhd.spilære, spiler. playful adj. ‘without serious intention, relaxed, easy’ (17th century), ‘like a player’ (16th century). Minstrel m. 'Folk musician' (16th century), 'regimental musician' (18th century), ahd.spilman 'jester, actor, musician' (9th century), mhd.spilman 'traveling singer, musician, Jugglers'. Room for maneuver with ‘space for movement, possibility’ (18th century); initially especially the ratio of the width of a gun barrel to the adapted diameter of the projectile, which ensures the sliding ability. Plur toys. ‘Objects made for children to play with’, Plur toys. ‘Toys as commercial objects’ (both 18th century). Toys from ‘Toys’ (17th century), ‘Musical instrument’ (17th century), ‘Competition, board, dice, card game’ (16th century).