• WordNet 3.6
    • n chopine a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chopine A clog, or patten, having a very thick sole, or in some cases raised upon a stilt to a height of a foot or more. "Your ladyship is nearer to heaven than when I saw you last, by the altitude of a chopine ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chopine A very high clog or patten, of Oriental origin, in some cases resembling a short stilt, formerly worn by women under their shoes to elevate them from the ground. Evelyn calls them “wooden scaffolds.” Coryat (1611) says some he had seen at Venice were half a yard high (the women graduating their height in accordance with their rank), so that the wearers required support to prevent them from falling. They were first imported from Turkey into Venice, and thence into England, and were covered with leather of various colors, some being curiously painted, and some gilt. The name came to be applied to the shoe or slipper and clog combined.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chopine chop-ēn′ a high clog or patten introduced into England from Venice during the reign of Elizabeth.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. chapin, escapin, Sp. chapin, Pg. chapim,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. chapin.


In literature:

Chopin was the son of a French father who had lived in Warsaw and was teacher in the gymnasium there; his mother was a Polish woman.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
She had been learning one of Chopin's Nocturnes, and now rendered it with exquisite pathos.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
Straying to the piano, he sat down and began to play a Chopin prelude.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
So I wandered on through Liszt to Chopin.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
How I wish I could read Greek and play Chopin, like Lady Mabel Ashbourne.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
In the beginning she danced to the piano music of Chopin and Schubert.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
As an interpreter of Chopin she had no rival among women, and only one man was her equal.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
I wish I had soulful friends-refined Maiden Ladies with ideals and long noses, who live at Hampstead or Putney, and play Chopin with passion.
"More Trivia" by Logan Pearsall Smith
You must play Chopin to me.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
He was called Frederic Francois Chopin.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

In poetry:

I'm nuts about Chopin,
I'm crackers on Strauss;
On Bach and Beethoven
I'm simply bughouse.
"Mad About Music" by Cicely Fox Smith
As Chopin once in his etudes
Miraculously conjured
Parks, groves, graves and solitudes-
A living wonder.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
Thus Chopin would, at night, instead
Of the outgrown, naive and artless,
Write down on the black fretwork stand
His soaring dream, his new departures.
"Music" by Boris Pasternak
And all day long you played Chopin,
Badly and hauntingly, when you weren't
Screaming on the porch that looked
Like an enormous birdcage. Or sat
In your room and stared out at the sky.
"A Musician's Wife" by Weldon Kees
If I could I'd go back, sit down by you both,
And sign our true armistice: you weren't to blame.
I shut my eyes and there's our living room.
The piano's playing something by Chopin,
And Mother and Father and their little girl
"The Player Piano" by Randall Jarrell

In news:

Simon Trpceski has the delicate touch needed to convey the wistfulness and drama in Chopin 's music.
Chopin , Fryderyk Franciszek.
N Kate Chopin 's 1899 novel, "The Awakening," the restless housewife Edna Pontellier explores personal freedom by way of extramarital love and female friendship.
After 18 months away, the Chopin Society returns to a new concert hall on the Macalester campus for its 30th-season opener, with pianist Simone Dinnerstein.
Variations on a Theme of Chopin .
Watch the video to see a live interview with Lucy Scarbrought, the founder and music director of the Chopin Music Festival in El Paso.
It's showtime for Chopin .
This weekend, in addition to the Chopin Piano Concerto No.
Mention George Sand today and an image is instantly summoned: a Frenchwoman in men's clothes, a writer who smoked cigars and slept with Chopin.
"Death and Harry Houdini " by House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre.
Chopin waltzes from when I was starting to learn piano, Iron and Wine from my college Seattle days, and this summer, Spanish flamenco singer Buika.
Fresh takes on Brahms, Chopin, Schumann.
E L James' bestselling book series is being spun off into a 15-track compilation, including familiar works from Chopin, Debussy and Bach.
Lang displays growth in 'The Chopin Album'.

In science:

As an amateur piano player, I find that a piano, can own such a variety of voices, from the soft and sweet ones in Mozart’s sonatas, to the strongest and brightest in Chopin’s Polonaises or Liszt’s Rhapsodies.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
I am grateful to Arivand Asok, Roumen Borissov, Sameer Gupta, Stuart Kauffman, Fotini Markopoulou and Chopin Soo for collaborations in the work described.
Towards a background independent approach to M theory
Rue, H., Martino, S., and Chopin, N. (2009).
Expectation-Propagation for Likelihood-Free Inference
The algorithm may be terminated after a given number of iterations, when new contributions to ˆπ(y) are below some small fraction of the current value as suggested by Chopin and Robert (2010), or using one of the criteria outlined in (Skilling 2006).
Estimating the evidence -- a review
Note that Chopin and Robert (2010) illustrate, for the case where levels Xi follow a deterministic scheme, that the convergence rate is O(N 1/2 ).
Estimating the evidence -- a review