Definitions of music

  1. any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds; "he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. punishment for one's actions; "you have to face the music"; "take your medicine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a musical composition in printed or written form; "she turned the pages of the music as he played" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The art or science of the pleasing or harmonious expression of combinations of sound tones; harmony or melody; a musical composition; such a composition written or printed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Melody or harmony: the science which treats of harmony: the art of combining sounds so as to please the ear: a musical composition. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Art of combining harmonious sounds; science of harmony; a musical composition. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Musical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. The rhythmic combination of tones; pleasing succession of sounds; science of harmony. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Melody or harmony; any succession of sound so modulated as to please the ear; the science of harmonic sounds, or the art of producing such; rhythmic order. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Any succession of sounds, or combination of sounds, which please and delight the ear; the science of harmonical sounds. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. 1. The most ancient music. --The inventor of musical instruments, like the first poet and the first forger of metals, was a Cainite. We learn from ( Genesis 4:21 ) that Jubal the son of Lamech was "the father of all such as handle the harp and organ," that is, of all players upon stringed and wind instruments. The first mentioned of music in the times after the deluge is in the narrative of Labans interview with Jacob, ( Genesis 32:27 ) so that, whatever way it was preserved, the practice of music existed in the upland country of Syria, and of the three possible kinds of musical instruments two were known and employed to accompany the song. The three kinds are alluded to in ( Job 21:12 ) On the banks of the Red Sea Moses and the children of Israel sang their triumphal song of deliverance from the hosts of Egypt; and Miriam, in celebration of the same event, exercised one of her functions as a prophetess by leading a procession of the women of the camp, chanting in chorus the burden of the song of Moses. The song of Deborah and Barak is cast in a distinctly metrical form, and was probably intended to be sung with a musical accompaniment as one of the peoples songs. The simpler impromptu with which the women from the cities of Israel greeted David after the slaughter of the Philistines was apparently struck off on the spur of the moment, under the influence of the wild joy with which they welcomed their national champion. "the darling of the sons of Israel." ( 1 Samuel 18:6 1 Samuel 18:7 ) Up to this time we meet with nothing like a systematic cultivation of music among the Hebrews, but the establishment of the schools of the prophets appears to have supplied this want. Whatever the students of these schools may have been taught, music was an essential part of their practice. Professional musicians soon became attached to the court. 2. The golden age of Hebrew music . David seems to have gathered round him "singing men and singing women." ( 2 Samuel 19:35 ) Solomon did the same, ( Ecclesiastes 2:8 ) adding to the luxury of his court by his patronage of art, and obtaining a reputation himself as no mean composer. ( 1 Kings 4:32 ) But the temple was the great school of music, and it was consecrated to its highest service in the worship of Jehovah. Before, however the elaborate arrangements had been made by David for the temple choir, there must have been a considerable body of musicians throughout the country. ( 2 Samuel 6:5 ) (David chose 4000 musicians from the 38,000 Levies in his reign, or one in ten of the whole tribe. Of these musicians 288 were specially trained and skillful. ( 1 Chronicles 26:6 1 Chronicles 26:7 ) The whole number was divided into 24 courses, each of which would thus consist of a full band of 154 musicians, presided over by a body of 12 specially-trained leaders, under one of the twenty-four sons of Asaph, Heman or Jeduthun as conductor. The leaders appear to have played on the cymbals, perhaps to make the time. ( 1 Chronicles 15:19 ; 16:5 ) All these joined in a special chant which David taught them, and which went by his name. ( 1 Chronicles 23:5 ) Women also took part in the temple choir. ( 1 Chronicles 13:8 ; 1 Chronicles 25:5 1 Chronicles 25:6 ) These great choirs answered one to another in responsive singing; thus the temple music most have been grand and inspiring beyond anything known before that time. 3. Character of Hebrew music .--As in all Oriental nations, the music of the Hebrews was melody rather than harmony, which latter was then unknown. All old and young, men and maidens, singers and instruments, appear to have sung one part only in or in octaves. "The beauty of the music consisted altogether in the melody;" but this, with so many instruments and voices, was so charming that "the whole of antiquity is full of the praises of this music. By its means battles were won, cities conquered, mutinies quelled, diseases cured." --ED.) 4. Uses of music . --In the private as well as in the religions life of the Hebrews music held a prominent place. The kings had their court musicians, ( 2 Chronicles 35:25 ; Ecclesiastes 2:8 ) and in the luxurious times of the later monarchy the effeminate gallants of Israel amused themselves with devising musical instruments while their nation was perishing ("as Nero fiddled while Rome was burning"). But music was also the legitimate expression of mirth and gladness The bridal processions as they passed through the streets were accompanied with music and song. ( Jeremiah 7:34 ) The music of the banquets was accompanied with song and dancing. ( Luke 15:26 ) The triumphal processions which celebrated victory were enlivened by minstrels and singers. ( Exodus 15:1 Exodus 15:20 ; Judges 5:1 ; 11:34 ) There were also religious songs. ( Isaiah 30:29 ; James 5:13 ) Love songs are alluded to; in ( Psalms 45:1 ) title, and Isai 5:1 There were also the doleful songs of the funeral procession, and the wailing chant of the mourners. The grape-gatherers sang at their work, and the women sang as they toiled at the mill, and on every occasion the land of the Hebrews during their national prosperity was a land of music and melody. biblestudytools.com
  22. Jubal was the inventor of musical instruments ( Genesis 4:21 ). The Hebrews were much given to the cultivation of music. Their whole history and literature afford abundant evidence of this. After the Deluge, the first mention of music is in the account of Laban's interview with Jacob ( Genesis 31:27 ). After their triumphal passage of the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel sang their song of deliverance ( Exodus 15 ). But the period of Samuel, David, and Solomon was the golden age of Hebrew music, as it was of Hebrew poetry. Music was now for the first time systematically cultivated. It was an essential part of training in the schools of the prophets ( 1 Samuel 10:5 ; 19:19-24 ; 2 Kings 3:15 ; 1 Chronicles 25:6 ). There now arose also a class of professional singers ( 2 Samuel 19:35 ; Eccl 2:8 ). The temple, however, was the great school of music. In the conducting of its services large bands of trained singers and players on instruments were constantly employed ( 2 Samuel 6:5 ; 1 Chronicles 15 ; 16 ; 235 ;5; 25:1-6 ). In private life also music seems to have held an important place among the Hebrews (Eccl 2:8 ; Amos 6:4-6 ; Isaiah 5:11 Isaiah 5:12 ; Isaiah 24:8 Isaiah 24:9 ; Psalms 137 ; Jeremiah 48:33 ; Luke 15:25 ). biblestudytools.com
  23. m[=u]'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. M[=U]'SICAL, pertaining to, or producing, music: pleasing to the ear: melodious.--adv. M[=U]'SICALLLY.--ns. M[=U]'SICALNESS; M[=U]'SIC-CASE, -F[=O]'LIO, -HOLD'ER, &c., a roll, cabinet, &c. for carrying sheet music; M[=U]'SIC-DEMY', a size of writing-paper, 20¾ in. × 14-3/8 in.; M[=U]'SIC-HALL, a public hall for musical entertainments, esp. when varied by dancing, variety performances, &c., often with concomitant smoking and drinking; M[=U]'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; M[=U]'SIC-MAS'TER, or -MIS'TRESS, a man or a woman who teaches music; M[=U]'SIC-OF-THE-SPHERES (see HARMONY); M[=U]'SIC-P[=A]'PER, paper ruled with staffs for writing music in; M[=U]'SIC-PEN, a pen marking at once a series of fine parallel lines for music; M[=U]'SIC-RACK, a rack attached to a musical instrument for holding the player's music; M[=U]'SIC-RECORD'ER, a device for recording music as played on an organ, pianoforte, &c.; M[=U]'SIC-SCHOOL, a place where music is regularly taught, a conservatory; M[=U]'SIC-SHELL, a Gasteropod of the Caribbean Sea, marked with figures like printed music; M[=U]'SIC-STAND, a music-rack: a raised platform for a musical band; M[=U]'SIC-STOOL, a stool or chair, generally adjustable in height, for the performer on the pianoforte, &c.; M[=U]'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. mousik[=e] (techn[=e], art), mousa, a muse.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. From "a song" The art of prodicing harmonious and cadencad sounds; an art, which has at times, been beneficially used in diseasesm particularly in those of the mind; or on which the mind could act in a salutary manner. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  25. Art of combining sounds with a view to beauty of form& expression of emotion; sounds so produced; pleasant sound, e.g. song of bird, murmur of brook, cry of hounds; set (poem &c.) to m., provide it with m. to which it may be sung; written or printed score of musical composition; face the m., face the consequences of one\'s actions; rough m., noisy uproar, esp. with vexatious intention; m.-hall (used for singing, dancing, & other entertainments); m.-stool (with adjustable seat, for piano-player). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. n. [Latin] Melody orharmony; a succession of sounds so modulated as to please the ear;- science of harmonical sounds; art of combining sounds in a manner to please the ear; —an entertainment consisting of vocal or instrumental performances ;—order and congruity in the revolutions of the heavenly bodies, called music of the spheres. Cabinet Dictionary

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