What does CLEF mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clef(noun)

    a musical notation written on a staff indicating the pitch of the notes following it


  1. clef(Noun)

    A symbol found on a musical staff that indicates the pitches indicated by the lines on the staff

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clef(noun)

    a character used in musical notation to determine the position and pitch of the scale as represented on the staff

  2. Origin: [F. clef key, a key in music, fr. L. clavis key. See Clavicle.]


  1. Clef

    A clef is a musical symbol used to indicate the pitch of written notes. Placed on one of the lines at the beginning of the stave, it indicates the name and pitch of the notes on that line. This line serves as a reference point by which the names of the notes on any other line or space of the stave may be determined. Only one clef that references a note in a space rather than on a line has ever been used. There are three types of clef used in modern music notation: F, C, and G. Each type of clef assigns a different reference note to the line on which it is placed. Once one of these clefs has been placed on one of the lines of the stave, the other lines and spaces can be read in relation to it. The use of three different clefs makes it possible to write music for all instruments and voices, even though they may have very different tessituras. This would be difficult to do with only one clef, since the modern stave has only five lines, and the number of pitches that can be represented on the stave, even with ledger lines, is not nearly equal to the number of notes the orchestra can produce. The use of different clefs for different instruments and voices allows each part to be written comfortably on the stave with a minimum of ledger lines. To this end, the G-clef is used for high parts, the C-clef for middle parts, and the F-clef for low parts—with the important exception of transposing parts, which are written at a different pitch than they sound, often even in a different octave.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clef

    klef, n. a musical character placed on the staff by which the absolute pitch of the notes is fixed. [Fr., from L. clavis; Gr. kleis, a key.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CLEF in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CLEF in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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