Square piano
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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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