Piano

Definition of Piano

Pi`an´o
a. & adv.1.(Mus.) Soft; - a direction to the performer to execute a certain passage softly, and with diminished volume of tone. (Abbrev. p.
n.1.(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.

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