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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pi•an•opiˈæn oʊ, ˈpyæn oʊ(n.)(pl.)-an•os.

  1. a musical instrument in which felt-covered hammers, operated from a keyboard, strike upon metal strings.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of piano:

1795–1805; short for pianoforte

pi•a•no*piˈɑ noʊ, ˈpyɑ-

  1. (adj.)soft; subdued.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. (adv.)softly.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: Abbr.: p 4

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Origin of piano:

1675–85; < It: soft, low (of sounds), plain, flat < L plānusplain1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. piano, pianoforte, forte-piano(noun)

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

  2. piano, pianissimo(adj)

    (music) low loudness

  3. piano, soft(adverb)

    used chiefly as a direction or description in music

    "the piano passages in the composition"

  4. piano, softly(adverb)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. piano(noun)ˈæn oʊ, ˈpyæn oʊ

    a large musical instrument with black and white keys

    to play the piano

Wiktionary

  1. piano(Noun)

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

  2. piano(Adjective)

    Soft. Used as a dynamic directive in sheet music in its abbreviated form, {p.}, to indicate lowering the volume of the music. In the pianoforte this is done by pressing the instrument's keys more lightly.

  3. Origin: Short form of pianoforte, from piano + forte. So named because older keyboard instruments, notably the harpsichord and the clavier, could not produce varied volumes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Piano

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

  2. Piano(adj)

    alt. of Pianoforte

Freebase

  1. Piano

    The piano is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard. Widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music and accompaniment, the piano is also popular as a tool for composing and rehearsal. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano's versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world's most familiar musical instruments. Pressing a key on the piano's keyboard causes a padded hammer to strike steel strings. The hammers rebound, and the strings continue to vibrate at their resonant frequency. These vibrations are transmitted through a bridge to a sounding board that more efficiently couples the acoustic energy to the air. The sound would otherwise be no louder than that directly produced by the strings. When the key is released, a damper stops the string's vibration and the sound. See the article on Piano key frequencies for a picture of the piano keyboard and the location of middle-C. In the Hornbostel-Sachs system of instrument classification, pianos are considered chordophones. The word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, the Italian word for the instrument. The musical terms piano and forte mean "quiet" and "loud", respectively, and in this context refer to variations in loudness the instrument produces in response to a pianist's touch on the keys: the greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the string, and the louder the note produced. The word forte in Italian actually means force or strong.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PIANO

    A tool frequently used in building a Rough House.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'piano' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4725

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'piano' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3710

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'piano' in Nouns Frequency: #1777


Translations for piano

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

piano(noun)

a large musical instrument played by pressing keys which make hammers strike stretched wires

She plays the piano very well; (also adjective) piano music.

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