Pi·a·no a. & adv. Mus. Soft; -- a direction to the performer to execute a certain passage softly, and with diminished volume of tone. (Abbrev. p.)
Pi·an·o Pi·an·o·for·te n. Mus. A well-known musical instrument somewhat resembling the harpsichord, and consisting of a series of wires of graduated length, thickness, and tension, struck by hammers moved by keys.
Dumb piano. See Digitorium.
Grand piano. See under Grand.
Square piano, one with a horizontal frame and an oblong case.
Upright piano, one with an upright frame and vertical wires.
adj : used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the
piano passages in the composition" [syn: soft] [ant:
n 1: a stringed instrument that is played by depressing keys that
cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
[syn: pianoforte, forte-piano]
2: (music) low loudness [syn: pianissimo]
adv : used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
[syn: softly] [ant: forte]