Definitions for MUSICˈmyu zɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mu•sicˈmyu zɪk(n.)

  1. an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. sounds organized to have melody, rhythm, harmony, and dynamics.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. the written or printed score of a musical composition.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. musical quality:

    the music of words.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of music:

1200–50; < L mūsica < Gk mousikḕ (téchnē) (the art) of the Muse, fem. of mousikós=Moûs(a)Muse+-ikos -ic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. music(noun)

    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

  2. music, euphony(noun)

    any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds

    "he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"

  3. music(noun)

    musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

    "his music was his central interest"

  4. music(noun)

    (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)

  5. music, medicine(noun)

    punishment for one's actions

    "you have to face the music"; "take your medicine"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. music(noun)ˈmyu zɪk

    sounds produced by instruments or voices singing

    a beautiful piece of music for guitar; popular music; Who wrote the music for the movie?


  1. music(Noun)

    A sound, or the study of such sounds, organized in time.

  2. music(Noun)

    Any pleasing or interesting sounds.

  3. music(Noun)

    A guide to playing or singing a particular tune; sheet music.

  4. music(Verb)

    To seduce or entice with music.

  5. Origin: From musik, musike, musique, and their source musica, from μουσική (τέχνη) "(art) of the Muses".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Music(noun)

    the science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i. e., sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties, dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear

  2. Music(noun)

    melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones

  3. Music(noun)

    harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones

  4. Music(noun)

    the written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score

  5. Music(noun)

    love of music; capacity of enjoying music

  6. Music(noun)

    a more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation


  1. Music

    "Music" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna, from her eighth studio album of the same name. It was released as the lead single from the album on August 21, 2000, by Maverick Records. The song was also included on the compilation albums GHV2 and Celebration. Written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï, the nexus of "Music" is about people having fun at a party, and Madonna claims that music makes the people come together. Musically, "Music" is a pop and electropop song. "Music" provides a cross-section of Madonna's artistic range, as she sings in several genres, some natural and some electronically manipulated that refuse confinement. "Music" received positive reviews from international critics, who praised the production, catchiness and club-friendly nature of the song, also comparing it with other Madonna's older songs. "Music" peaked number one in 22 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. "Music" also has the longest running number-one spot at Billboard Hot Dance Club Play of the decade, with spent a longevity five weeks at number one. The song was the second most successful dance single of the decade in the United States, behind Madonna's own single "Hung Up".

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. music

    1. Anything that has charms to soothe a savage beast. 2. Unnecessary noises heard in restaurants and cheap hotels. 3. The only one of the arts that can not be prostituted to a base use. 4. An attempt to express the emotions that are beyond speech. 5. A noise less objectionable than any other noise.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. music

    A common extracurricular interest of hackers (compare science-fiction fandom, oriental food; see also filk). Hackish folklore has long claimed that musical and programming abilities are closely related, and there has been at least one large-scale statistical study that supports this. Hackers, as a rule, like music and often develop musical appreciation in unusual and interesting directions. Folk music is very big in hacker circles; so is electronic music, and the sort of elaborate instrumental jazz/rock that used to be called ‘progressive’ and isn't recorded much any more. The hacker's musical range tends to be wide; many can listen with equal appreciation to (say) Talking Heads, Yes, Gentle Giant, Pat Metheny, Scott Joplin, Tangerine Dream, Dream Theater, King Sunny Ade, The Pretenders, Screaming Trees, or the Brandenburg Concerti. It is also apparently true that hackerdom includes a much higher concentration of talented amateur musicians than one would expect from a similar-sized control group of mundane types.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MUSIC' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #638

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MUSIC' in Written Corpus Frequency: #999

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MUSIC' in Nouns Frequency: #267

Translations for MUSIC

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the art of arranging and combining sounds able to be produced by the human voice or by instruments

She prefers classical music to popular music; She is studying music; (also adjective) a music lesson.

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