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
We want to make history for having the most Behind the Musics.15 Years of ‘Behind the Music’: Best Moments (Video) | Kevin Fallon | October 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A hand was laid upon my arm, and the voice of Neil bade me to stop, for it was not “canny musics.”The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Surely you have been stirred by the wonders man has accomplished in musics realm?The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
A hand was laid upon my arm, and the voice of Neil bade me to stop, for it was not "canny musics."David Balfour, Second Part | Robert Louis Stevenson
And it was characteristic of this poet that from the ordinary episodes of ordinary days he made his "golden musics."Selected Poems of Francis Thompson | Francis Thompson
Of all national musics it is the grandest and the most developed: we see this in the position it gives to rhythms.
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
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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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