F clef
F F ([e^]f). 1. F is the sixth letter of the English alphabet, and a nonvocal consonant. Its form and sound are from the Latin. The Latin borrowed the form from the Greek digamma ?, which probably had the value of English w consonant. The form and value of Greek letter came from the Ph[oe]nician, the ultimate source being probably Egyptian. Etymologically f is most closely related to p, k, v, and b; as in E. five, Gr. pe`nte; E. wolf, L. lupus, Gr. ly`kos; E. fox, vixen; fragile, break; fruit, brook, v. t.; E. bear, L. ferre. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 178, 179, 188, 198, 230. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) The name of the fourth tone of the model scale, or scale of C. F sharp (F [sharp]) is a tone intermediate between F and G. [1913 Webster]

{F clef}, the bass clef. See under {Clef}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • F clef — n. BASS CLEF …   English World dictionary

  • F clef — noun a clef that puts the F below middle C on the fourth line of a staff • Syn: ↑bass clef • Hypernyms: ↑clef * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized F : a clef placing the F below middle C on the fourth line of the staff called also bass clef; …   Useful english dictionary

  • F clef — /ˈɛf klɛf/ (say ef klef) noun → bass clef …   Australian English dictionary

  • F clef — noun a clef which indicates the position of F below middle C in a given staff …   Wiktionary

  • F clef — noun Date: 1596 bass clef …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • F clef — Music. See bass clef. * * * …   Universalium

  • F clef — n. mad bass clef …   From formal English to slang

  • Clef — (kl[e^]f; 277), n. [F. clef key, a key in music, fr. L. clavis key. See {Clavicle}.] (Mus.) A character used in musical notation to determine the position and pitch of the scale as represented on the staff. [1913 Webster] Note: The clefs are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • F — ([e^]f). 1. F is the sixth letter of the English alphabet, and a nonvocal consonant. Its form and sound are from the Latin. The Latin borrowed the form from the Greek digamma ?, which probably had the value of English w consonant. The form and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clef — For other uses, see Clef (disambiguation). Treble and bass clefs shown with names of the notes. A clef (French: clef key ) is a musical symbol used to indicate the pitch of written notes.[1] …   Wikipedia

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