piano definition

  • noun:
    • A musical instrument with a manual keyboard actuating hammers that hit wire strings, creating noises which may be softened or suffered through pedals.
    • A passage to be played softly or quietly.
    • A keyboard guitar, frequently varying over seven octaves, with white and black colored tips, played by pressing these tips, causing hammers to strike strings.
    • A well-known musical instrument significantly resembling the harpsichord, and composed of a few cables of graduated length, thickness, and stress, struck by hammers relocated by secrets.
    • A pianoforte.
    • A passage or series of notes sung or played softly; a soft or mild tone.
    • In Italian, a tale; a floor; the French étage: in English, utilized only in such lent phrases as piano nobile, the main tale; pian' terreno, a ground flooring.
    • (songs) reasonable loudness
    • a keyboard instrument that's played by depressing tips that can cause hammers to hit tuned strings and produce sounds
  • adverb:
    • In a soft or quiet tone. Used mainly as a direction.
    • used as a direction in songs; is played relatively softly
  • adjective:
    • smooth, quiet.
    • In extended usage; quiet, subdued.
    • used mainly as a direction or information in music
  • adjective-and-adverb:
    • smooth; -- a direction into performer to execute a certain passageway lightly, and with diminished level of tone. (Abbrev. p.)
  • others:
    • In songs, smooth; with little power or loudness: opposed to forte. Frequently abbreviated p.
    • Softly; in a low tone or voice. Abbreviated p.

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