AEolian lyre
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 lyre — noun a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them • Syn: ↑aeolian harp, ↑wind harp • Hypernyms: ↑harp * * * aeolian harp or aeolian lyre, a box that gives out musical sounds when currents of air blow across the six …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — /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 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 — [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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • AEolian attachment — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • AEolian mode — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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

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