Piano meaning

pē-ăn'ō, pyăn'ō
Piano is defined as the sound level when music is played softly.

An example of a piece that would be described as being played "piano" is a musical piece that is played very quietly.

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The definition of a piano is a large keyboard instrument with keys that strike wires which are stretched a metal frame inside a wooden case, or a piece of music that is written to be performed with a soft volume.

An example of a piano is a large instrument that you play by pressing black and white keys that cause hammers to hit wires to produce sound.

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In a soft or quiet tone. Used chiefly as a direction.
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A musical instrument with a manual keyboard actuating hammers that strike wire strings, producing sounds that may be softened or sustained by means of pedals.
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A passage to be played softly or quietly.
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A large keyboard instrument, each key of which operates a small, felt-covered hammer that strikes and vibrates a corresponding wire or set of wires stretched on a metal frame that is enclosed in a wooden case of various forms: the wires typically produce tones ranging over seven octaves.
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Soft(ly)
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A passage to be performed piano.
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(music) A keyboard musical instrument, usually ranging over seven octaves, with white and black keys, played by pressing these keys, causing hammers to strike strings.

The piano in his house takes up a lot of space.

She has been taking lessons for many years and now plays piano very well.

He can play "Happy Birthday" on the piano.

Most of the works by Frédéric Chopin are for the piano.

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(music) Soft, quiet.
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In extended use; quiet, subdued.
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(music) Softly, as a musical direction (abbreviated to p. in sheet music). [from 17th c.]
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Origin of piano

  • Italian from Late Latin plānus smooth, graceful from Latin flat pelə-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Italian short for pianoforte pianoforte
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Short form of pianoforte, from Italian piano (“soft") + forte (“strong"). So named because older keyboard instruments, notably the harpsichord and the clavier, could not produce varied volumes.
    From Wiktionary