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Pianonoun

(musical instruments) A keyboard musical instrument, usually ranging over seven octaves, with white and black colored keys, played by pressing these keys, causing hammers to strike strings.

‘The piano in his house takes up a lot of space.’; ‘She has been taking lessons for many years and now plays piano very well.’; ‘He can play "Happy Birthday" on the piano.’; ‘Most of the works by Frédéric Chopin are for the piano.’;

Xylophonenoun

(musical instrument) Any musical instrument (percussion idiophone) made of wooden slats graduated so as to make the sounds of the scale when struck with a small drumstick-like mallet; the standard Western concert xylophone or one of its derivatives.

‘All I know how to play on my xylophone is "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Would you like to hear it?’;

Pianoadjective

(music) Soft, quiet.

Xylophoneverb

To play a xylophone or to play something else as though it was a xylophone.

Pianoadjective

In extended use; quiet, subdued.

Xylophoneverb

To move above a ridged surface so as to hit every ridge, in a manner similar to playing quickly and sequentially on a xylophone.

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Pianoadverb

(music) Softly]], as a musical direction (abbreviated to p. in sheet music).

Xylophonenoun

An instrument common among the Russians, Poles, and Tartars, consisting of a series of strips of wood or glass graduated in length to the musical scale, resting on belts of straw, and struck with two small hammers. Called in Germany strohfiedel, or straw fiddle.

Pianoadjective

Soft; - a direction to the performer to execute a certain passage softly, and with diminished volume of tone. (Abbrev. p.

Xylophonenoun

An instrument to determine the vibrative properties of different kinds of wood.

Pianonoun

A well-known musical instrument somewhat resembling the harpsichord, and consisting of a series of wires of graduated length, thickness, and tension, struck by hammers moved by keys.

Xylophonenoun

a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets

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Pianonoun

a stringed instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds

Xylophone

The xylophone (from the Greek words ξύλον—xylon, + φωνή—phōnē, , literally meaning ) is a musical instrument in the percussion family that consists of wooden bars struck by mallets. Like the glockenspiel, the xylophone essentially consists of a set of tuned keys arranged in the fashion of the keyboard of a piano.

‘wood’; ‘sound, voice’; ‘sound of wood’;

Pianonoun

(music) low loudness

Pianoadjective

used chiefly as a direction or description in music;

‘the piano passages in the composition’;

Pianoadverb

used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly

Pianonoun

a large keyboard musical instrument with a wooden case enclosing a soundboard and metal strings, which are struck by hammers when the keys are depressed. The strings' vibration is stopped by dampers when the keys are released and can be regulated for length and volume by two or three pedals.

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Pianonoun

a passage performed or marked to be performed softly.

Pianoadverb

(especially as a direction) soft or softly.

Pianoadjective

(especially as a direction) soft or softly.

Piano

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700 (the exact year is uncertain), in which the strings are struck by wooden hammers that are coated with a softer material (modern hammers are covered with dense wool felt; some early pianos used leather). It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.

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