What does piano mean?

Definitions for piano
piˈɑ noʊ, ˈpyɑ-pi·ano

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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


  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

  3. Origin: [It., even, smooth, soft, fr. L. planus even, level.]


  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

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How to say piano in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of piano in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of piano in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of piano in a Sentence

  1. Aeham Ahmed:

    What is wrong with having a piano?

  2. Aeham Ahmed:

    The piano was my friend, it is as if they killed my friend.

  3. Dr. Rich Melheim:

    Never leave a child to their own devices. Unless it's a piano.

  4. Unknown:

    Life is like a piano... what you get out of it depends on how you play it.

  5. Evgeni Kostitsyn:

    Piano performances by Condoleezza Rice are better than Hitler's paintings.

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