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middle C

noun, Music.
1.
the note indicated by the first leger line above the bass staff and the first below the treble staff.
Origin of middle C
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40
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  • For example, gently press down the key of middle C of a piano.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • middle C of the piano (or any instrument) has a vibration rate of about 260.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • middle C is obtained in the usual way, from the tuning fork.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • The central line of the stave corresponds to the middle C of the piano; the first note of the poem is therefore D.

    Ideas of Good and Evil William Butler Yeats
  • In the following demonstrations of relative pitch numbers, we adopt a pitch in which middle C has 256 vibrations per second.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • If, for instance, the fork gives the tone of middle C on the piano it vibrates 256 times a second.

  • middle C, on the piano, for instance, is made by waves that reach us at the rate of about 256 per second.

    Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt
  • middle C on the piano has a rate of either 256 or 261 a second according to the system used by the tuner.

    Physiology Ernest G. Martin
  • Figure 31 shows a player depressing a clavichord key (middle C).

    Harpsichords and Clavichords Cynthia A. Hoover
  • Otherwise it will be doing that which approximates stretching the middle C string, for example, until it will produce its octave.

British Dictionary definitions for middle C

middle C

noun
1.
(music) the note graphically represented on the first ledger line below the treble staff or the first ledger line above the bass staff and corresponding in pitch to an internationally standardized fundamental frequency of 261.63 hertz
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