from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
  • noun Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm.
  • noun A musical composition.
  • noun The written or printed score for such a composition.
  • noun Such scores considered as a group.
  • noun A musical accompaniment.
  • noun A particular category or kind of music.
  • noun An aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To entice or seduce with music.
  • noun In golf, the degree of suppleness in the shaft of a club.
  • noun Any pleasing succession of sounds or of combinations of sounds; melody or harmony: as, the music of the winds, or of the sea.
  • noun The science of combining tones in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic order, so as to produce effects that shall be intelligible and agreeable to the ear.
  • noun The art of using rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials in the production of definite compositions, or works having scientific correctness, artistic finish and proportion, esthetic effectiveness, and an emotional content or meaning.
  • noun A composition made up of tones artistically and scientifically disposed, or such compositions collectively: as, a piece of music.
  • noun A musical composition as rendered by instruments or by the voice.
  • noun The art of producing melody or harmony by means of the voice or of instruments.
  • noun The written or printed score of a composition; also, such scores collectively: as, a book of music; music for the piano or the flute.
  • noun A company of performers of music; a band; an orchestra.
  • noun Pleasurable emotion, such as is produced by melodious and harmonious sounds; also, the source, cause, or occasion of such emotion.
  • noun Lively speech or action; liveliness; excited wrangling; excitement.
  • noun Diversion: sport; also, sense of the ridiculous. In this sense apparently confused with amuse; compare musical, 5.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones.
  • noun Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones.
  • noun The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score.
  • noun Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation.
  • noun 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.
  • noun See Musical box, under Musical.
  • noun a place for public musical entertainments.
  • noun a gallery for musicians, as in a dancing room or a church.
  • noun the harmony supposed to be produced by the accordant movement of the celestial spheres.
  • noun paper ruled with the musical staff, for the use of composers and copyists.
  • noun a pen for ruling at one time the five lines of the musical staff.
  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.
  • noun [Colloq. or Slang] to meet any disagreeable necessity, such as a reprimand for an error or misdeed, without flinching.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sound, or the study of such sounds, organized in time.
  • noun figuratively Any pleasing or interesting sounds.
  • noun A guide to playing or singing a particular tune; sheet music.
  • verb transitive To seduce or entice with music.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
  • noun any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds
  • noun punishment for one's actions
  • noun musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)
  • noun an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French musique, from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē), (art) of the Muses, feminine of mousikos, of the Muses, from Mousa, Muse; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman musik, musike, Old French musique, and their source Latin mūsica, from Ancient Greek μουσική (τέχνη) "(art) of the Muses".


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