musical

Definitions

  • A-listenin' to the low, sobbin' music
    A-listenin' to the low, sobbin' music
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj musical containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody "the melodious song of a meadowlark"
    • adj musical characteristic of or resembling or accompanied by music "a musical speaking voice","a musical comedy"
    • adj musical talented in or devoted to music "comes from a very musical family"
    • adj musical characterized by or capable of producing music "a musical evening","musical instruments"
    • n musical a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Oranges and Lemons music Oranges and Lemons music
St. Paul's Steeple music St. Paul's Steeple music
I Saw Three Ships music I Saw Three Ships music
Ye Song of Sixpence music Ye Song of Sixpence music
Tom, the Piper's Son music Tom, the Piper's Son music
Three Children music Three Children music
My Pretty Maid music My Pretty Maid music
The Plough Boy in Luck music The Plough Boy in Luck music

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies have shown that by putting on slow background music it can make a person eat food at a slower rate
    • Musical A drama in which music and song are prominent features; a musical drama or musical play; as, Oklahoma! was a breakthrough in the form and popularity of the musical .
    • Musical A social entertainment of which music is the leading feature; a musical party.
    • Musical Music. "To fetch home May with their musical ."
    • a Musical Of or pertaining to music; having the qualities of music; or the power of producing music; devoted to music; melodious; harmonious; as, musical proportion; a musical voice; musical instruments; a musical sentence; musical persons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The music band UB40 got its name from an unemployment form in England
    • musical Of or pertaining to music, in any sense; of the nature of music: as, musical proportion.
    • musical Sounding agreeably; affecting the ear pleasurably; conformable to the laws of the science of music; conformable to the principles of the art of music; melodious; harmonious.
    • musical Pertaining to the performance or the notation of music.
    • musical Fond of music; discriminating with regard to music: as, the child is musical, or has a musical ear.
    • musical Amusing; ridiculous.
    • n musical A meeting or a party for a musical entertainment: same as musicale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Radio and TV producer John Guedel was the originator of the musical commercial.
    • adj Musical pertaining to, or producing, music: pleasing to the ear: melodious
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Quotations

  • Bob Geldof
    Bob Geldof
    “Music can't change the world.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Change is not reform, any more than noise is music.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
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    “The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.”
  • Stephen Sondheim
    Stephen Sondheim
    “Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten.”
  • E. Joseph Cossman
    E. Joseph Cossman
    “Love is a friendship set to music.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.”

Idioms

Face the music - If you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
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Music to my ears - If something someone says is music to your ears, it is exactly what you had wanted to hear.
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Stop the music - 'Stop the music' is a way of telling people to stop everything that they're doing as something important has happened or become known.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. musical,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. musique—L. musica—Gr. mousikē (technē, art), mousa, a muse.

Usage

In literature:

Even in the realm of music there is a rudeness of approach which leaves true music silent.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Day after day he would visit the music stores with his music roll tucked under his arm.
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
Often they have a friend or two in for dinner and a little music, or music and a little dinner.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
These things Sousa embodies in his music as no other music writer ever has.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
VERA So your music finds inspiration in America?
"The Melting-Pot" by Israel Zangwill
After the music-master had gone, Tzu-chang said, Is this the way to speak to a music-master?
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Slowly he became conscious of music.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
She runs her fingers lightly over the keys and evokes the softest magic music, the sweetest, saddest strains.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I do like music, some kinds of music.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
You are a genuine music lover, genuinely musical, but you can't play.
"The Pianolist" by Gustav Kobbé
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In poetry:

The music has grown numb with death –
But we will suck their dying breath,
The whispered name they breathed to chance,
To swell our music, make it loud
That we may dance, - may dance.
"The Dancers: (During A Great Battle, 1916)" by Dame Edith Sitwell
Now, sometimes I wake in the night
And hear the sound of dead leaves
against the shutters. And then a distant
Music starts, a music out of an abyss,
And it is dawn before I sleep again.
"A Musician's Wife" by Weldon Kees
Should flash it forth; it flames, then disappears.
A mouth all music should translate it well;
It flows like music--whither none can tell;
It wraps all senses round, soothes, charms, and cheers.
"Beauty Evanescent" by James Herbert Morse
She sings by her wheel at that low cottage door,
Which the long evening shadow is stretching before;
With a music as sweet as the music which seems
Breathed softly and faintly in the ear of our dreams!
"The Yankee Girl" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How many a month I strove to suit
These stubborn fingers to the lute!
To-day I venture all I know.
She will not hear my music? So!
Break the string; fold music's wing:
Suppose Pauline had bade me sing!
"One Way Of Love" by Robert Browning
And what if all the meaning lies
Just in the music, not in those
Who dance thus with transfigured eyes,
Holding in vain each other close;
Only the music never dies,
The dance goes on,—the dancer goes.
"The Lonely Dancer" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

This Week in Texas Music History, we'll meet the "other Carter Family" of American roots music.
Richard Stoltzman, a clarinetist , will play music by Bach, Schubert, Poulenc, Reich and others, Tuesday at 7 pm in Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, as part of the Free Sunset Music Series sponsored by New York City and radio station WQXR.
Tradition will be served - the annual Thanksgiving concert by the Manchester Music Festival chamber music string quintet will once again take place this weekend at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert.
A major player in the music business for more than 40 years, Joe Cocker 's unmistakable bluesy soul voice is a musical trademark many have come to love.
Musicals Tonight, under the artistic direction of Mel Miller, has added Red, Hot and Blue, the 1930s musical featuring a score by Cole Porter , to its 2012-13 season at the Lion Theatre.
I love music and one of my favorite parts of my job is hearing new music and meeting new artists.
Music record label, has been in the music industry for decades.
I've always loved music and I have a large collection of music.
You may not have seen the movie, or the musical, but you know the music.
" Hänsel and Gretel" will include giant puppetry and classical music – a children's opera of sorts, based on music by Englebert Humperdink.
I Hate New Music, but does new music suck.
The Sound of Music was the last musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and to me, it is the least.
In 2006, the pop singles market continued to dominate, in no small part because the pick-to-click-driven mentality of online music stores and ringtone sites gave consumers unparalleled freedom to Choose Their Own Musical Adventure.
The Indie Music Channel brought its Indie Music Revolution Festival to Water Street Music Hall this past weekend.
On his list of accomplishments, political wonk, music, working for a senator, music, a run for Mayor of Portland in 2000 music.
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In science:

An attempt is made to study the origin of the above correlations in music.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
The origin of this cutoff may shed interesting light on the temporal correlations in music.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
We thank Ravishankar Sundararaman for writing the C program to generate the random music files and also for insightful discussions on the topic.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Automatic composition: experiments with self-similar music.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
The methods of Prony, Pisarenko, and MUltiple SIgnal Classi fication (MUSIC) are n ext shown to be targeted at analyzing signals with sparse frequency domain representations.
A Unified Approach to Sparse Signal Processing
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