• WordNet 3.6
    • n ballet a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
    • n ballet music written for a ballet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Anthiel composed film scores, but earlier in his life he had been an avant garde composer. In 1924 his "Ballet mecanique" was performed at Carnegie Hall. The work was scored for a fire siren, automobile horns, and an airplane propeller. After only a few minutes of this racket, an aging gentleman in the orchestra seats tied his handkerchief to his cane and began waving a white flag.
    • Ballet (Her) A bearing in coats of arms, representing one or more balls, which are denominated bezants, plates, etc., according to color.
    • Ballet (Mus) A light part song, or madrigal, with a fa la burden or chorus, -- most common with the Elizabethan madrigal composers; -- also spelled ballett.
    • Ballet An artistic dance performed as a theatrical entertainment, or an interlude, by a number of persons, usually women. Sometimes, a scene accompanied by pantomime and dancing.
    • Ballet The company of persons who perform the ballet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ballet A little ball: in heraldry, a bearing in coats of arms, denominated, according to the color, bezants, plates, hurts, etc.
    • n ballet A spectacular dance, more or less elaborate in steps, poses, and costumes, in which a number of performers, chiefly females, take part. It is led or conducted by one or more chief dancers or coryphées, and is usually incidental to an operatic or other dramatic representation.
    • n ballet A complete pantomime or theatrical representation, in which a story is told, and actions, characters, and passions are represented, by gestures and grouping, accompanied by characteristic or illustrative music, dancing, and often rich scenery and decorations.
    • n ballet The corps of dancers who perform ballets.
    • ballet To express by dancing or in a ballet.
    • ballet An obsolete form of ballad.
    • n ballet The music to which a ballet is danced.
    • n ballet In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially in England, a light glee-like madrigal or part-song, often with a fa-la burden. See fa-la.
    • n ballet In the eighteenth century, a series of instrumental dances properly in the same key and usually for stringed instruments; a suite (which see). The dramatic ballet (see def. 2) was the national form of drama in France; it originated in the sixteenth century, and in the seventeenth coalesced with the Italian musical drama, giving rise to the early type of French opera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ballet bal′lā a theatrical exhibition composed of dancing, posturing, and pantomimic action:
    • n Ballet bal′lā (obs.) a dance.
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  • Elle Macpherson
    Elle Macpherson
    “I wanted so badly to study ballet, but it was really all about wearing the tutu. [On the subject of her early aspirations]”
  • Claiborne Pell
    Claiborne Pell
    “People who leave Washington do so by way of the box... ballet or coffin.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., a dim. of bal, dance. See 2d Ball (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; dim. of bal, a dance.


In literature:

Of late he has written a ballet for eight clowns.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
He is ready to order reductions in the budget of the army, the opera, the ballet, and the extraordinary pensions.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
People shrug their shoulders, and hint that ballet girls have resources unknown to the uninitiated.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Ballete, combined dance and song, 113.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
Ballet: The Men of Prometheus, Op.
"Story-Lives of Great Musicians" by Francis Jameson Rowbotham
The opera was just over, and some parties who were not staying the ballet, had already assembled there.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
For she soon discarded the ballet girl's biography.
"Pirate Gold" by Frederic Jesup Stimson
It would be a very dramatic ballet indeed if this young person were the heroine.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
The "Royal Ballet" played at this theatre is quite distinctive.
"Denmark" by M. Pearson Thomson
At one part of the performance there was a ballet.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews

In poetry:

I put it up that famous day
You patronized the ballet,
And the public cheered you such a way
As shook your native valley.
"To Maecenas" by Eugene Field
I'm through with performing the ballet
Of love unrequited and told.
Euterpe, I tender you vale;
Good-by, and take care of that cold.
"Pour Prendre Conge" by Dorothy Parker
And Donald from North Inverness,
Who fights in a ballet girl's dress;
He likes a free limb,
No tight skirts for him,
Impending his march to success.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
The little Millwins attend the Russian Ballet.
The mauve and greenish souls of the little Millwins
Were seen lying along the upper seats
Like so many unused boas.
"Les Millwin" by Ezra Pound
Of AGIB, who, amid Tartaric scenes,
Wrote a lot of ballet music in his teens:
His gentle spirit rolls
In the melody of souls -
Which is pretty, but I don't know what it means.
"The Story of Prince Agib" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The shepherd's horn at break of day,
The ballet danc'd in twilight glade,
The canzonet and roundelay
Sung in the silent green-wood shade;
These simple joys, that never fail,
Shall bind me to my native vale.
"An Italian Song" by Samuel Rogers

In news:

) Vaslav Nijinsky, the British critic and historian of ballet Richard Buckle wrote, was "ten years growing, ten years learning, ten years dancing, and thirty years in eclipse".
Erik Bruhn, ballet's noblest prince, has left us.
It's not every day that a Tony Award-winning actress appears at New York City Ballet (NYCB).
New York City Ballet (NYCB)'s The Seven Deadly Sins , features sets by Beowulf Boritt.
More than half of his vast output of paintings, drawings, and sculptures is devoted to the activities of the ballet dancers and dance students of late 19th-century Paris.
The impact of composer Leo Delibes on ballet music in general, and Tchaikovsky's ballets in particular.
At City Ballet, Shakespeare's a Dependable Delight.
Suzanne Farrell Ballet's 'Haieff Divertimento ' whirls between intimacy, tension.
Paris Opera Ballet Harris Theater for Music and Dance.
Maria Mosina stars in the Colorado Ballet's upcoming production of " Don Quixote ," a revised take on choreographer Marius Petipa's classic 1869 version.
Young dancers sought for ballet troupe's ' Don Quixote .
The Boston Ballet's Don Quixote .
Ballet Theatre of Maryland's Double Feature .
This weekend Ballet Theatre of Maryland performs The Firebird.
Mirror star Lilly Collins hit the Mulberry Coachella Pool Party over the weekend in the Mulberry Resort 2012 dress, pairing it with ballet flats and a black 'Lily' purse from the Brit brand's collection.

In science:

For the Ballet sequence , we build a navigation domain made of 100 equidistant viewpoints (in the sense of the camera parameters).
Navigation domain partitioning for interactive multiview imaging
Our novel interactive system is tested on two well-known multiview sequences provided by Microsoft research 4 , namely Ballet and Breakdancer.
Navigation domain partitioning for interactive multiview imaging
Illustration of 1D and 2D navigations domain used in the experiments for Ballet sequence.
Navigation domain partitioning for interactive multiview imaging
Visual results for reconstruction of view 2 in Ballet using view 1 as reference image.
Navigation domain partitioning for interactive multiview imaging
Then, for each value of NV , we roughly estimate the storage and maximum rate costs for the Ballet sequence.
Navigation domain partitioning for interactive multiview imaging