Definitions of pianoforte

  1. a stringed instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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 keys. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A musical stringed instrument, played by keys. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. A keyed musical instrument, in which the notes are produced by the action of hammers on the wires. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. Usually contracted into piano a well-known stringed instrument played with the fingers by means of a key-board-so called from its capability of producing soft or strong sounds. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. pi-ä'no-f[=o]r't[=a], generally shortened to PIANO (pi-an'[=o]), n. a musical instrument furnished with wires struck by little hammers which are moved by keys, so as to produce both soft and strong sounds.--ns. PIANETTE', a small piano; PIANINO (p[=e]-a-n[=e]'n[=o]), an upright pianoforte; PIAN'ISM, the technique of the pianoforte: arrangement of music for the pianoforte.--adv. PIANIS'SIMO, very softly.--n. PIAN'IST, one who plays on the pianoforte, or one well skilled in it.--adv. PIÄN'O (mus.), softly.--ns. PIAN'O-SCHOOL, a school where piano music is taught; PIAN'O-STOOL, a stool on which the player sits at the piano.--BOUDOIR, or CABINET, PIANO, an upright piano. [It., piano, soft--L. planus, plane, forte, strong--L. fortis, strong.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  7. See piano Concise Oxford Dictionary
  8. n. [Italian] A keyed musical instrument, so called from the facility with which the performer can give a soft or strong expression to its tones. It consists of a series of wires of graduated length, thickness, and tension, struck by hammers moved by the notes on a keyboard, and inclosed in an ornamental work of mahogany, rose, walnut, or other polished wood. The strings are horizontal with the keyboard in the grand and square pianos; and perpendicular into upright or cottage. Cabinet Dictionary

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