zither

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n zither a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zither (Mus) An instrument of music used in Austria and Germany. It has from thirty to forty wires strung across a shallow sounding-board, which lies horizontally on a table before the performer, who uses both hands in playing on it. Not to be confounded with the old lute-shaped cittern, or cithern
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zither Same as cithern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zither zīth′ėr the cithern, the modern representative of the ancient cithara, a popular and common instrument in Tyrol—a flat stringed instrument, having a wooden frame and flat sounding-board with from twenty-nine to forty-two strings, placed on a table or on the knees, the strings played by the right hand, the thumb being armed with a metallic plectrum
    • Zither Also Zith′ern
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. zither,. See Cittern

Usage

In literature:

My ear, too, caught the twanging of a zither, which somehow reminded me of the afternoon in Kuprasso's garden-house.
"Greenmantle" by John Buchan
Flute and flageolet, bugle, light zither, guitar!
"The California Birthday Book" by Various
Was not that a zither now mingling its fairy music with the notes of the cow bell?
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
We execrate your zither!
"Hildegarde's Harvest" by Laura E. Richards
And so full was he of the idea of how to set about cleaving the log that he forgot even his zither.
"The Grey Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
Michael was furious and immediately proceeded to twang an over-varnished zither.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
My Carl, there, can play the zither with any other, no matter whom it be, and can sing.
"Not Quite Eighteen" by Susan Coolidge
After a long and painful silence the bell tinkled faintly, and as all listened breathlessly the zither began to play.
"Victor Ollnee's Discipline" by Hamlin Garland
Drawing his zither from its case, he laid it on the table and allowed his fingers to stray across the strings.
"A Crime of the Under-seas" by Guy Boothby
Meta near her, with her zither.
"In the Land of the Great Snow Bear" by Gordon Stables
He played the zither.
"The Outspan" by Percy Fitzpatrick
She was a good musician on piano and zither.
"Annie o' the Banks o' Dee" by Gordon Stables
I am also taught music, the piano, and the zither, and I am taught to sing.
"Shireen and her Friends" by Gordon Stables
Music Archie loved, but did not care to play; his father did not force him; but poor Rupert played the zither.
"From Squire to Squatter" by Gordon Stables
At dessert the host produced a zither, and, accompanying himself on this beautiful instrument, sang to them.
"Wild Adventures round the Pole" by Gordon Stables
Let her dance for us to the strains of the zither.
"Istar of Babylon" by Margaret Horton Potter
It was Tausig's exercises on a zither.
"In the Permanent Way" by Flora Annie Steel
No; it must be a Hungarian zither.
"Marmaduke" by Flora Annie Steel
Taking from the wagon a zither, she began to hum softly, while trying to find the chords.
"The Quest" by Frederik van Eeden
You can strum a zither.
"The Butterfly Kiss" by Arthur Dekker Savage
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In poetry:

Across the meadows on yon lake,
Dip silently the oar,
Sweet music with the zither make,
While songs awake the shore.
"Outing Song" by George Hannibal Temple
Handsome as the Prince of Evil,
And devout as St. Ignatius.
Deft at fence, unmatched with zither,
Miniature of knightly virtues.
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Listen to a live performance of contemporary music written for koto , the classical zither of Japan, on this New Sounds program From the Vaults.
Doris Cellar is unintentionally dusting the zither.
Cue the zithers for a visit to Vienna's Third Man Museum.
This time, Steve Gorn and Ray Spiege perform north Indian Music for bansuri flute and tabla (hand drums), and Laraali plays a new piece for electric zither.
They certainly betray orchestral tendencies, with a core of four musicians augmented by an army of guest artists playing instruments ranging from cello and clarinet to electro-harps and the Finnish zither-like instrument known as a kantele.
The big news is that there are two new words using the letter Q that do not require U. QIN (n): A Chinese zither, with strings stretched across a flat box.
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