Dumb 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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  • dumb piano — noun : a portable keyboard for soundless piano practice and finger exercising * * * dumb piano noun A soundless keyboard for piano practice • • • Main Entry: ↑dumb * * * dumb piano, a contrivance having a set of keys like a piano and used for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dumb piano — Digitorium Dig i*to ri*um, n. [NL., fr. L. digitus a finger.] A small dumb keyboard used by pianists for exercising the fingers; called also {dumb piano}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dumb piano — n. small dumb keyboard that pianists use for exercising the fingers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dumb piano — noun a dummy piano keyboard for exercising the fingers …   English new terms dictionary

  • dumb piano — /dʌm piˈænoʊ/ (say dum pee anoh) noun a small and silent keyboard instrument with neither hammers nor strings, intended for practice …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dumb — adj. 1 a (of a person) unable to speak, usu. because of a congenital defect or deafness. b (of an animal) naturally unable to speak (our dumb friends). 2 silenced by surprise, shyness, etc. (struck dumb by this revelation). 3 taciturn or reticent …   Useful english dictionary

  • piano — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. pianoforte, fortepiano, spinet, pianette, upright; clavier, [clavi]cembalo, eighty eight (sl.). See music. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. pianoforte, grand, baby grand, upright, square, concert grand,… …   English dictionary for students

  • Grand 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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