piano

A piano is a large musical instrument that you play by pressing black and white keys on a keyboard. Most people play a piano with their fingers, but Jerry Lee Lewis played with his fingers, feet, elbows, and, ahem, backside.

A piano makes a sound when each key moves a small hammer that strikes a metal string. The inside of a piano looks kind of like a harp. Pianos are vital in many kinds of music, from classical to pop, and in the case of Lewis, boogie-woogie. Piano comes from the original Italian name for the instrument: piano e forte, "soft and loud." Piano is also the musical notation that tells the player that something should be played quietly.

Definitions of piano
  1. noun
    a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
    synonyms: forte-piano, pianoforte
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    grand, grand piano
    a piano with the strings on a horizontal harp-shaped frame; usually supported by three legs
    Pianola, mechanical piano, player piano
    a mechanically operated piano that uses a roll of perforated paper to activate the keys
    upright, upright piano
    a piano with a vertical sounding board
    baby grand, baby grand piano, parlor grand, parlor grand piano, parlour grand, parlour grand piano
    a small grand piano
    concert grand, concert piano
    a grand piano suitable for concert performances
    spinet
    a small and compactly built upright piano
    type of:
    keyboard instrument
    a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
    percussion instrument, percussive instrument
    a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
    stringed instrument
    a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
  2. noun
    (music) low loudness
    synonyms: pianissimo
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    softness
    a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency
  3. adverb
    used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
    synonyms: softly
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    Antonyms:
    forte, loudly
    used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly
  4. adjective
    used chiefly as a direction or description in music
    “the piano passages in the composition”
    synonyms: soft
    pianissimo
    chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
    pianissimo assai
    chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
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    forte, loud
    used chiefly as a direction or description in music
    fortemente
    chiefly a direction or description in music; loud and strong
    fortissimo
    chiefly a direction or description in music
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