an action or speech carried on to the side while the main action proceeds, especially on the stage.
Historical Examples

Meg of Mystery Mountain Grace May North
The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
Wang the Ninth Putnam Weale
A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
A Woman’s Burden Fergus Hume
Up the Forked River Edward Sylvester Ellis
The Prince of India, Volume I Lew. Wallace
The Young Ranchers Edward S. Ellis
A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson

secondary action or talking carried on apart while the main action proceeds, esp in a play


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