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music

[myoo-zik]
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noun
  1. an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.
  2. the tones or sounds employed, occurring in single line (melody) or multiple lines (harmony), and sounded or to be sounded by one or more voices or instruments, or both.
  3. musical work or compositions for singing or playing.
  4. the written or printed score of a musical composition.
  5. such scores collectively.
  6. any sweet, pleasing, or harmonious sounds or sound: the music of the waves.
  7. appreciation of or responsiveness to musical sounds or harmonies: Music was in his very soul.
  8. Fox Hunting. the cry of the hounds.
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Idioms
  1. face the music, to meet, take, or accept the consequences of one's mistakes, actions, etc.: He's squandered his money and now he's got to face the music.
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Origin of music

1200–50; Middle English musike < Latin mūsica < Greek mousikḕ (téchnē) (the art) of the Muse, feminine of mousikós, equivalent to Moûs(a) Muse + -ikos -ic
Related formsmu·sic·less, adjectivean·ti·mu·sic, noun, adjectiveun·der·mu·sic, noun
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  • A gentle strain of music, scarcely audible, seemed to make reply.

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • And what avails skill in music, if there is no chance to display it?

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    Lydia Maria Child

  • The silence remained unbroken, until Paralus asked for music.

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  • Yet the voice of Plato would be pleasant to my ears, as music on the waters in the night-time.

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  • With a nod and a smile, Aspasia said, "Continue the music, I pray you."

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British Dictionary definitions for music

music

noun
  1. an art form consisting of sequences of sounds in time, esp tones of definite pitch organized melodically, harmonically, rhythmically and according to tone colour
  2. such an art form characteristic of a particular people, culture, or traditionIndian music; rock music; baroque music
  3. the sounds so produced, esp by singing or musical instruments
  4. written or printed music, such as a score or set of parts
  5. any sequence of sounds perceived as pleasing or harmonious
  6. rare a group of musiciansthe Queen's music
  7. face the music informal to confront the consequences of one's actions
  8. music to one's ears something that is very pleasant to hearhis news is music to my ears
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Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē) (art) belonging to the Muses, from Mousa Muse
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Word Origin and History for music

n.

mid-13c., musike, from Old French musique (12c.) and directly from Latin musica "the art of music," also including poetry (also source of Spanish musica, Italian musica, Old High German mosica, German Musik, Dutch muziek, Danish musik), from Greek mousike (techne) "(art) of the Muses," from fem. of mousikos "pertaining to the Muses," from Mousa "Muse" (see muse (n.)). Modern spelling from 1630s. In classical Greece, any art in which the Muses presided, but especially music and lyric poetry.

The use of letters to denote music notes is probably at least as old as ancient Greece, as their numbering system was ill-suited to the job. Natural scales begin at C (not A) because in ancient times the minor mode was more often used than the major one, and the natural minor scale begins at A.

Music box is from 1773, originally "barrel organ;" music hall is from 1842, especially "hall licensed for musical entertainment" (1857). To face the music "accept the consequences" is from 1850; the exact image is uncertain, one theory ties it to stage performers, another to cavalry horses having to be taught to stay calm while the regimental band plays. To make (beautiful) music with someone "have sexual intercourse" is from 1967.

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Idioms and Phrases with music

music

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