Definitions for: Piano

[n] a stringed instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
[n] (music) low loudness
[adv] used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
[adj] used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pi*a"no, a. & adv. [It., even, smooth, soft, fr. L.
planus even, level.] (Mus.)
Soft; -- a direction to the performer to execute a certain
passage softly, and with diminished volume of tone. (Abbrev.

Pi*an"o, Pianoforte Pi*an"o*for`te, n. [It. piano soft
(fr. L. planus even, smooth; see Plain, a.) + It. forte
strong, fr. L. fortis (see Fort).] (Mus.)
A well-known musical instrument somewhat resembling the
harpsichord, and consisting of a series of wires of graduated
length, thickness, and tension, struck by hammers moved by

Dumb piano. See Digitorium.

Grand piano. See under Grand.

Square piano, one with a horizontal frame and an oblong

Upright piano, one with an upright frame and vertical

Synonyms: forte-piano, pianissimo, pianissimo, pianissimo assai, pianoforte, soft, softly

Antonyms: forte, forte, loud, loudly

See Also: clavier, fallboard, fingerboard, grand, grand piano, keyboard, loud pedal, mechanical piano, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, piano keyboard, Pianola, player piano, soft pedal, softness, soundboard, sounding board, stringed instrument, sustaining pedal, upright, upright piano

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