What does music mean?

Definitions for music
ˈmyu zɪkmu·sic

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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"


  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

  7. Origin: [F. musique, fr. L. musica, Gr. (sc. ), any art over which the Muses presided, especially music, lyric poetry set and sung to music, fr. belonging to Muses or fine arts, fr. Muse.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Music

    mū′zik, n. a connected series of sweet sounds: melody or harmony: the science which treats of harmony: the art of combining sounds so as to please the ear: a musical composition: (U.S.) heated argument, also amusement.—adj. Mū′sical, pertaining to, or producing, music: pleasing to the ear: melodious.—adv. Mū′sicallly.—ns. Mū′sicalness; Mū′sic-case, -fō′lio, -hold′er, &c., a roll, cabinet, &c. for carrying sheet music; Mū′sic-demy′, a size of writing-paper, 20¾ in. × 14⅜ in.; Mū′sic-hall, a public hall for musical entertainments, esp. when varied by dancing, variety performances, &c., often with concomitant smoking and drinking; Mū′sic-house, a place for public musical entertainments: a firm dealing in music or musical instruments; Musi′cian, one skilled in music: a performer of music—(obs.) Musi′cianer.—adv. Musi′cianly.—ns. Musi′cianship; Mū′sic-mas′ter, or -mis′tress, a man or a woman who teaches music; Mū′sic-of-the-spheres (see Harmony); Mū′sic-pā′per, paper ruled with staffs for writing music in; Mū′sic-pen, a pen marking at once a series of fine parallel lines for music; Mū′sic-rack, a rack attached to a musical instrument for holding the player's music; Mū′sic-record′er, a device for recording music as played on an organ, pianoforte, &c.; Mū′sic-school, a place where music is regularly taught, a conservatory; Mū′sic-shell, a Gasteropod of the Caribbean Sea, marked with figures like printed music; Mū′sic-stand, a music-rack: a raised platform for a musical band; Mū′sic-stool, a stool or chair, generally adjustable in height, for the performer on the pianoforte, &c.; Mū′sic-wire, wire such as the strings of musical instruments are made of.—Music (-al) box, a case containing a mechanism contrived, when the spring is wound up, to reproduce melodies; Music club, a meeting for practising music.—Musical director, the conductor of an orchestra, &c.; Musical glasses (see Harmonica, under Harmonium). [Fr. musique—L. musica—Gr. mousikē (technē, art), mousa, a muse.]

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.

Suggested Resources

  1. music

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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

How to say music in sign language?

  1. music


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of music in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of music in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of music in a Sentence

  1. Carol Clarke:

    Music is the Reason

  2. Arthur Bloom:

    Music has no stigma.

  3. Dan Parker:

    I grew up on country music.

  4. Heidi Kehler of St. Louis:

    This music has given me a lot.

  5. Max Heindel:

    Music is the soul of language.

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