Definitions for: Music


[n] musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
[n] punishment for one's actions; "you have to face the music"; "take your medicine"
[n] any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds; "he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"
[n] the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
[n] a musical composition in printed or written form; "she turned the pages of the music as he played"
[n] an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner



Webster (1913) Definition: Mu"sic, n. [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. 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.

Note: Not all sounds are tones. Sounds may be unmusical and
yet please the ear. Music deals with tones, and with no
other sounds. See Tone.

2.
(a) Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable
succession of tones.
(b) Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous
tones.

3. The written and printed notation of a musical composition;
the score.

4. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.

The man that hath no music in himself Nor is not
moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for
treasons, stratagems, and spoils. --Shak.

5. (Zo["o]l.) A more or less musical sound made by many of
the lower animals. See Stridulation.

Magic music, a game in which a person is guided in finding
a hidden article, or in doing a specific art required, by
music which is made more loud or rapid as he approaches
success, and slower as he recedes. --Tennyson.



Music box. See Musical box, under Musical.

Music hall, a place for public musical entertainments.

Music loft, a gallery for musicians, as in a dancing room
or a church.

Music of the spheres, the harmony supposed to be produced
by the accordant movement of the celestial spheres.

Music paper, paper ruled with the musical staff, for the
use of composers and copyists.

Music pen, a pen for ruling at one time the five lines of
the musical staff.

Music shell (Zo["o]l.), a handsomely colored marine
gastropod shell (Voluta musica) found in the East
Indies; -- so called because the color markings often
resemble printed music. Sometimes applied to other shells
similarly marked.

To face the music, to meet any disagreeable necessity
without flinching. [Colloq. or Slang]

Synonyms: euphony, medicine, sheet music

See Also: activity, air, antiphony, art, auditory sensation, Bach, ballet, beats per minute, Beethoven, bell ringing, bpm, Brahms, carillon, carillon playing, Chopin, chorus, composition, concerted music, drumming, fine art, genre, Gilbert and Sullivan, Handel, harmony, Haydn, intonation, lead sheet, line, M.M., melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, metronome marking, monody, monophonic music, Mozart, music genre, music of the spheres, musical, musical comedy, musical composition, musical genre, musical harmony, musical score, musical style, musical theater, opus, overture, part music, penalisation, penalization, penalty, percussion, piano music, piano music, piece, piece of music, polyphonic music, polyphony, polytonalism, polytonality, popularism, prelude, punishment, refrain, score, section, serial music, serialism, sound, strain, Stravinsky, subdivision, syncopation, tune, vocal music, Wagner, whistling

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