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middle C

noun, Music.
the note indicated by the first leger line above the bass staff and the first below the treble staff.
Origin of middle C
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Figure 31 shows a player depressing a clavichord key (middle C).

    Harpsichords and Clavichords Cynthia A. Hoover
  • middle C is obtained in the usual way, from the tuning fork.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • It has a harmonic compass from middle C to C above the treble clef, and can go higher, but with difficulty.

  • 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
  • A tuning-fork, for instance, giving the middle C, vibrates 528 times per second.

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

  • At middle C—the middle of the range of a piano—there was a momentary spurt of extra volume.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • 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
  • For example, gently press down the key of middle C of a piano.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for middle C

middle C

(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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