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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mu·sic n.
 1. The science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i. e., sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties, dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear.
 Note:Not all sounds are tones. Sounds may be unmusical and yet please the ear. Music deals with tones, and with no other sounds. See Tone.
 2. (a) Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones. (b) Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones.
 3. The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score.
 4. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.
 The man that hath no music in himself
 Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
 Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.   --Shak.
 5. Zool. A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation.
 Magic music, a game in which a person is guided in finding a hidden article, or in doing a specific act required, by music which is made more loud or rapid as he approaches success, and slower as he recedes.  It is similar to the game of hot and cold, but using music as the clue. --Tennyson.
 Music box. See Musical box, under Musical.
 Music hall, a place for public musical entertainments.
 Music loft, a gallery for musicians, as in a dancing room or a church.
 Music of the spheres, the harmony supposed to be produced by the accordant movement of the celestial spheres.
 Music paper, paper ruled with the musical staff, for the use of composers and copyists.
 Music pen, a pen for ruling at one time the five lines of the musical staff.
 Music shell Zool., a handsomely colored marine gastropod shell (Voluta musica) found in the East Indies; -- so called because the color markings often resemble printed music. Sometimes applied to other shells similarly marked.
 To face the music, to meet any disagreeable necessity, such as a reprimand for an error or misdeed, without flinching. [Colloq. or Slang]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sphere n.
 1. Geom. A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.
 2. Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.
 Of celestial bodies, first the sun,
 A mighty sphere, he framed.   --Milton.
 3. Astron. (a) The apparent surface of the heavens, which is assumed to be spherical and everywhere equally distant, in which the heavenly bodies appear to have their places, and on which the various astronomical circles, as of right ascension and declination, the equator, ecliptic, etc., are conceived to be drawn; an ideal geometrical sphere, with the astronomical and geographical circles in their proper positions on it. (b) In ancient astronomy, one of the concentric and eccentric revolving spherical transparent shells in which the stars, sun, planets, and moon were supposed to be set, and by which they were carried, in such a manner as to produce their apparent motions.
 4. Logic The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.
 5. Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.
    To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen to move in 't.   --Shak.
    Taking her out of the ordinary relations with humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.   --Hawthorne.
 Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woe
 Our hermit spirits dwell.   --Keble.
 6. Rank; order of society; social positions.
 7. An orbit, as of a star; a socket. [R.]
 Armillary sphere, Crystalline sphere, Oblique sphere,. See under Armillary, Crystalline,.
 Doctrine of the sphere, applications of the principles of spherical trigonometry to the properties and relations of the circles of the sphere, and the problems connected with them, in astronomy and geography, as to the latitudes and longitudes, distance and bearing, of places on the earth, and the right ascension and declination, altitude and azimuth, rising and setting, etc., of the heavenly bodies; spherical geometry.
 Music of the spheres. See under Music.
 Syn: -- Globe; orb; circle. See Globe.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Har·mo·ny n.; pl. Harmonies
 1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or combination of things, or in things intended to form a connected whole; such an agreement between the different parts of a design or composition as to produce unity of effect; as, the harmony of the universe.
 2. Concord or agreement in facts, opinions, manners, interests, etc.; good correspondence; peace and friendship; as, good citizens live in harmony.
 3. A literary work which brings together or arranges systematically parallel passages of historians respecting the same events, and shows their agreement or consistency; as, a harmony of the Gospels.
 4. Mus. (a) A succession of chords according to the rules of progression and modulation. (b) The science which treats of their construction and progression.
 Ten thousand harps, that tuned
 Angelic harmonies.   --Milton.
 5. Anat. See Harmonic suture, under Harmonic.
 Close harmony, Dispersed harmony, etc. See under Close, Dispersed, etc.
 Harmony of the spheres. See Music of the spheres, under Music.
 Syn: -- Harmony, Melody.
 Usage: Harmony results from the concord of two or more strains or sounds which differ in pitch and quality. Melody denotes the pleasing alternation and variety of musical and measured sounds, as they succeed each other in a single verse or strain.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 music of the spheres
      n : an inaudible music that Pythagoras thought was produced by
          the celestial