AEolian harp
AEolian [AE]*o"li*an, a. [L. Aeolius, Gr. ?.] 1. Of or pertaining to [AE]olia or [AE]olis, in Asia Minor, colonized by the Greeks, or to its inhabitants; [ae]olic; as, the [AE]olian dialect. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to [AE]olus, the mythic god of the winds; a["e]rial. [1913 Webster]

Viewless forms the [ae]olian organ play. --Campbell. [1913 Webster]

3. relating to or caused by wind. [WordNet 1.5]

{[AE]olian attachment}, a contrivance often attached to a pianoforte, which prolongs the vibrations, increases the volume of sound, etc., by forcing a stream of air upon the strings. --Moore.

{[AE]olian harp}, {[AE]olian lyre}, a musical instrument consisting of a box, on or in which are stretched strings, on which the wind acts to produce the notes; -- usually placed at an open window. --Moore.

{[AE]olian mode} (Mus.), one of the ancient Greek and early ecclesiastical modes. [1913 Webster]


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  • aeolian harp — n. a box with an opening in it across which gut strings of varying thickness are stretched, tuned in unison: when air blows over them, the strings produce varying harmonies …   English World dictionary

  • Aeolian harp — An aeolian harp (or æolian harp or wind harp) is a musical instrument that is played by the wind. It is named for Aeolus, the ancient Greek god of the wind. History Aeolian harps were very popular as household instruments during the Romantic Era …   Wikipedia

  • aeolian harp — a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind. Also called aeolian lyre, wind harp. [1785 95] * * * Stringed instrument played by the wind (named for the wind …   Universalium

  • AEolian harp — Harp Harp (h[aum]rp), n. [OE. harpe, AS. hearpe; akin to D. harp, G. harfe, OHG. harpha, Dan. harpe, Icel. & Sw. harpa.] 1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aeolian harp — noun a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them • Syn: ↑aeolian lyre, ↑wind harp • Hypernyms: ↑harp …   Useful english dictionary

  • aeolian harp — /iˌoʊliən ˈhap/ (say ee.ohleeuhn hahp) noun a box over which are stretched a number of strings of equal length, tuned in unison and sounded by the wind; wind harp. Also, aeolian lyre …   Australian English dictionary

  • aeolian harp — noun An open box over which strings are stretched that sound when the wind passes over them Syn: wind harp …   Wiktionary

  • aeolian harp — stringed box shaped musical instrument sounding when wind passes through it, wind harp …   English contemporary dictionary

  • aeolian harp — aeo′lian harp′ n. mad a box with an opening across which are stretched a number of strings of equal length that are tuned in unison and sounded by the wind • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • aeolian harp — noun Date: 1765 a box shaped musical instrument having stretched strings usually tuned in unison on which the wind produces varying harmonics over the same fundamental tone …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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