Autoharp Au"to*harp, n. [Auto- + harp.] A zitherlike musical instrument, provided with dampers which, when depressed, deaden some strings, leaving free others that form a chord. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • autoharp — (n.) 1882, name on a patent taken out by Charles F. Zimmermann of Philadelphia, U.S.A., for an improved type of harp, an instrument considerably different from the modern autoharp, actually a chord zither, which was invented about the same time… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Autoharp —   [englisch, ɔːtə hɑːrp], in den USA verbreitete Version der Zither, von Charles E. Zimmermann konstruiert und 1882 in Washington zum Patent angemeldet, rasche Verbreitung in der frühen Countrymusic. Die Saiten werden über eine Knopfmechanik… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Autoharp — ☆ Autoharp [ôt′ō härp΄ ] [ AUTO + HARP] trademark for a type of zither for playing chordal accompaniments by means of a series of dampers worked by keys n. [a ] such a zither …   English World dictionary

  • Autoharp — An autoharp The autoharp is a musical string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers, which, when depressed, mute all of the strings other than those that form the desired chord. Despite its name, the autoharp is not a harp… …   Wikipedia

  • Autoharp — Die Autoharp ist ein der Zither ähnliches Musikinstrument. Es wird seit dem späten 19. Jahrhundert vorwiegend in den USA in der Bluegrass , Folk und Country Musik verwendet. Der Name Autoharp ist seit 1927 ein eingetragenes Warenzeichen. Autoharp …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Autoharp — /aw toh hahrp /, Trademark. a zither having buttons that when depressed damp all strings except those to be sounded, the undamped strings being strummed to produce simple chords. * * * ▪ musical instrument German  Akkordzither , Akkordzither also …   Universalium

  • Autoharp — trademark used for a zither with button controlled dampers for selected strings …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • autoharp — noun A string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers which mute all the strings other than those that form the desired chord See Also: harp …   Wiktionary

  • autoharp — noun a kind of zither fitted with a series of sprung and padded bars which allow the playing of chords by damping selected strings …   English new terms dictionary

  • Autoharp — Au·to·harp …   English syllables

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