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pianoforte definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds [syn: piano, pianoforte, forte-piano]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Italian Date: 1767 1. fortepiano 2. piano

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. Mus. formal or archaic a piano. Etymology: It., earlier piano e forte soft and loud, expressing its gradation of tone

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Piano Pi*an"o, Pianoforte Pi*an"o*for`te, n. [It. piano soft (fr. L. planus even, smooth; see Plain, a.) + It. forte strong, fr. L. fortis (see Fort).] (Mus.) 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. Dumb piano. See Digitorium. Grand piano. See under Grand. Square piano, one with a horizontal frame and an oblong case. Upright piano, one with an upright frame and vertical wires.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(pianofortes) A pianoforte is a piano. (OLD-FASHIONED) N-COUNT

Moby Thesaurus

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