piano wire

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noun

a very thin steel wire of high tensile strength.

Origin of piano wire

First recorded in 1865–70
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Historical Examples of piano wire

  • He brought from London a Kelvin sounding apparatus, with a sufficient length of piano-wire for testing any probable depth.

  • Sometimes the overtones are more prominent than the fundamental, as when a piano-wire is struck with a nail.

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    A. E. Dolbear