- of, relating to, or constituting the formally and artistically more sophisticated and enduring types of music, as distinguished from popular and folk music and jazz. Classical music includes symphonies, operas, sonatas, song cycles, and lieder.
- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or adhering to the well-ordered, chiefly homophonic musical style of the latter half of the 18th and the early 19th centuries: Haydn and Mozart are classical composers.
- noting or pertaining to the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, especially the religious and public architecture, characterized by the employment of orders.Compare order (def. 27b).
- noting or pertaining to any of several styles of architecture closely imitating the architecture of ancient Greece or Rome; neoclassic.
- noting or pertaining to architectural details or motifs adapted from ancient Greek or Roman models.
- (of an architectural design) simple, reposeful, well-proportioned, or symmetrical in a manner suggesting the architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.
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Vaccines aren’t supposed to work like that, though, at least according to classical immunology.‘Trained Immunity’ Offers Hope in Fight Against Coronavirus|Esther Landhuis|September 14, 2020|Quanta Magazine
A quantum Internet would be based on a network of quantum computers, a buzzy class of calculating machines that offers advantages over classical computers, like the one you’re reading this article on.U.S. vies for leadership in quantum and A.I. with $1 billion bet|rhhackettfortune|August 26, 2020|Fortune
I’m not sure we’re going to see your classical second wave, like in 1918.Stockholm Syndrome|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Conventional computers — which physicists call classical computers to distinguish them from the quantum variety — are resistant to errors.To live up to the hype, quantum computers must repair their error problems|Emily Conover|June 22, 2020|Science News
For classical computers, correcting errors, if they do occur, is straightforward.To live up to the hype, quantum computers must repair their error problems|Emily Conover|June 22, 2020|Science News
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For Kirke it was being paid to pretend to play the oboe that heightened her affair with classical music.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since filming the show, however, her relationship with classical music has obviously changed.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So she was an aficionado of classical music, for soundtracks or otherwise?‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And it goes beyond getting my teeth drilled at the dentist office—my dentist really likes classical music.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was a vast building of classical design, resembling a Grecian temple.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
Hence the danger—ever to be avoided—of using classical allusions in teaching the average student.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The place he put it in was—er—a little below golf and a little above classical concerts.First Plays|A. A. Milne
Besides his work for Zarembas classes, Tchaikovsky devoted many hours to the study of the classical composers.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
The General Assembly encouraged the establishment of classical schools and academies via revenue secured from lotteries.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
British Dictionary definitions for classical
- of, relating to, or denoting any music or its period of composition marked by stability of form, intellectualism, and restraintCompare romantic (def. 5)
- accepted as a standardthe classical suite
- denoting serious art music in generalCompare pop 1 (def. 2)
- not involving the quantum theory or the theory of relativityclassical mechanics
- obeying the laws of Newtonian mechanics or 19th-century physicsa classical gas