music

[myoo-zik]
noun
1.
an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.
2.
the tones or sounds employed, occurring in single line (melody) or multiple lines (harmony), and sounded or to be sounded by one or more voices or instruments, or both.
3.
musical work or compositions for singing or playing.
4.
the written or printed score of a musical composition.
5.
such scores collectively.
6.
any sweet, pleasing, or harmonious sounds or sound: the music of the waves.
7.
appreciation of or responsiveness to musical sounds or harmonies: Music was in his very soul.
8.
Fox Hunting. the cry of the hounds.
Idioms
9.
face the music, to meet, take, or accept the consequences of one's mistakes, actions, etc.: He's squandered his money and now he's got to face the music.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English musike < Latin mūsica < Greek mousikḕ (téchnē) (the art) of the Muse, feminine of mousikós, equivalent to Moûs(a) Muse + -ikos -ic

musicless, adjective
antimusic, noun, adjective
undermusic, noun
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music (ˈmjuːzɪk)
 
n
1.  an art form consisting of sequences of sounds in time, esp tones of definite pitch organized melodically, harmonically, rhythmically and according to tone colour
2.  such an art form characteristic of a particular people, culture, or tradition: Indian music; rock music; baroque music
3.  the sounds so produced, esp by singing or musical instruments
4.  written or printed music, such as a score or set of parts
5.  any sequence of sounds perceived as pleasing or harmonious
6.  rare a group of musicians: the Queen's music
7.  informal face the music to confront the consequences of one's actions
8.  music to one's ears something that is very pleasant to hear: his news is music to my ears
 
[C13: via Old French from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē) (art) belonging to the Muses, from MousaMuse]

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Word Origin & History

music
mid-13c., from O.Fr. musique (12c.), from L. musica, from Gk. mousike techne "art of the Muses," from fem. of mousikos "pertaining to the Muses," from Mousa "Muse." In classical Greece, any art in which the Muses presided, but especially music. The use of letters to denote music notes is probably at
least from ancient Greece, as their numbering system was ill-suited to the job. Natural scales begin at C (not A) because in ancient times the minor mode was more often used than the major one. The natural minor scale begins at A. To face the music "accept the consequences" is from 1850; the exact image is uncertain, one theory ties it to stage performers, another to cavalry horses having to be taught to stay calm while the regimental band plays. To make (beautiful) music with someone "have sexual intercourse" is from 1967. Musicology "the study of the science of music" is from 1909.
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Slang Dictionary

music

n. A common extracurricular interest of hackers (compare science-fiction fandom, oriental food; see also filk). Hackish folklore has long claimed that musical and programming abilities are closely related, and there has been at least one large-scale statistical study that supports this. Hackers, as a rule, like music and often develop musical appreciation in unusual and interesting directions. Folk music is very big in hacker circles; so is electronic music, and the sort of elaborate instrumental jazz/rock that used to be called `progressive' and isn't recorded much any more. The hacker's musical range tends to be wide; many can listen with equal appreciation to (say) Talking Heads, Yes, Gentle Giant, Pat Metheny, Scott Joplin, Tangerine Dream, Dream Theater, King Sunny Ade, The Pretenders, Screaming Trees, or the Brandenburg Concerti. It is also apparently true that hackerdom includes a much higher concentration of talented amateur musicians than one would expect from a similar-sized control group of mundane types.
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Computing Dictionary

Music definition

language, music
A series of languages for musical sound synthesis from Bell Labs, 1960's. Versions: Music I through Music V.
["An Acoustical Compiler for Music and Psychological Stimuli", M.V. Mathews, Bell Sys Tech J 40 (1961)].
[Jargon File]
(1999-06-04)

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Bible Dictionary

Music definition


Jubal was the inventor of musical instruments (Gen. 4:21). The Hebrews were much given to the cultivation of music. Their whole history and literature afford abundant evidence of this. After the Deluge, the first mention of music is in the account of Laban's interview with Jacob (Gen. 31:27). After their triumphal passage of the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel sang their song of deliverance (Ex. 15). But the period of Samuel, David, and Solomon was the golden age of Hebrew music, as it was of Hebrew poetry. Music was now for the first time systematically cultivated. It was an essential part of training in the schools of the prophets (1 Sam. 10:5; 19:19-24; 2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chr. 25:6). There now arose also a class of professional singers (2 Sam. 19:35; Eccl. 2:8). The temple, however, was the great school of music. In the conducting of its services large bands of trained singers and players on instruments were constantly employed (2 Sam. 6:5; 1 Chr. 15; 16; 23;5; 25:1-6). In private life also music seems to have held an important place among the Hebrews (Eccl. 2:8; Amos 6:4-6; Isa. 5:11, 12; 24:8, 9; Ps. 137; Jer. 48:33; Luke 15:25).

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Idioms & Phrases

music

In addition to the idiom beginning with music, also see face the music.

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Example sentences
Anyone interested in classical music is well aware of its demands.
From there I'll lock myself in my office, blast some music, and do work.
Doctors report several cases of collapsed lungs apparently caused by loud music.
Read the book; he parallels life, music, and science beautifully.
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