an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.
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.
musical work or compositions for singing or playing.
the written or printed score of a musical composition.
such scores collectively.
any sweet, pleasing, or harmonious sounds or sound: the music of the waves.
appreciation of or responsiveness to musical sounds or harmonies: Music was in his very soul.
Fox Hunting. the cry of the hounds.
Idioms about music
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.
- mu·sic·less, adjective
- an·ti·mu·sic, noun, adjective
- un·der·mu·sic, noun
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How to use music in a sentence
After struggling to play music while vacationing at a Lebanese ski resort in 2010 — iTunes was unavailable in the country then — founder Eddy Maroun raised funding to build a solution.The Biggest Challenge for Apple and Spotify in North Africa: YouTube | Eromo Egbejule | September 17, 2020 | Ozy
Drivers of the Encore GX SUV can use the voice assistant to perform a number of tasks while they drive, from providing directions to playing music and ordering goods on the go.‘Amazon is a brand play for us’: How Buick is building a long-term partnership around Amazon’s ad business | Seb Joseph | September 10, 2020 | Digiday
Blum says that Facebook is best for her B2B relationships with other vendors, and Buonassissi uses YouTube to show videos of DJ sets and has a podcast about event music.Inside ‘Insta-Booking’: How couples are hiring wedding vendors via Instagram | Rachel King | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
Search for “Katy Perry” and you will get a box next to the main search results telling you that Katy Perry is an American singer-songwriter with music available on YouTube, Spotify, and Deezer.This know-it-all AI learns by reading the entire web nonstop | Will Heaven | September 4, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
The order is the result of the agencies cartel-like behavior in the past, and ensures they can’t arbitrarily withhold access to songs or gouge those who license the music.
music is a huge part of the tone of Black Dynamite overall—going back to the original 2009 movie on which the series is based.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical | Stereo Williams | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I gotta say—I think this past year was pretty bad for music.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness | Marlow Stern | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
What an amazing thing to be able to listen to any music you want, a whole world of bands.
Do you think that as we get older our thoughts shift to the more abstract, the music, than the definite, the lyrics?
I remember all our music appeared on Spotify overnight, without anybody asking us.
Henry Rowley Bishop, a noted English music composer, died, aged 68.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
In Manila particularly, amidst the pealing of bells and strains of music, unfeigned enthusiasm and joy were everywhere evident.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
He takes a turn up and down the room, looks at the music, and if the piece interests him, he will call upon you.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
A child outside the temple of art hears its music before he sees its veiled beauties.Children's Ways | James Sully
Then, as he neared the room, a sound of music floated out to meet him— Tony was singing to his own accompaniment.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for music
an art form consisting of sequences of sounds in time, esp tones of definite pitch organized melodically, harmonically, rhythmically and according to tone colour
such an art form characteristic of a particular people, culture, or tradition: Indian music; rock music; baroque music
the sounds so produced, esp by singing or musical instruments
written or printed music, such as a score or set of parts
any sequence of sounds perceived as pleasing or harmonious
rare a group of musicians: the Queen's music
face the music informal to confront the consequences of one's actions
music to one's ears something that is very pleasant to hear: his news is music to my ears
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with music
In addition to the idiom beginning with music
- music to one's ears
- face the music
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