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music

[myoo-zik] /ˈmyu zɪk/
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
1200-1250
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
Related forms
musicless, adjective
antimusic, noun, adjective
undermusic, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for face the music

music

/ˈmjuːzɪk/
noun
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
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē) (art) belonging to the Muses, from MousaMuse
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Word Origin and History for face the music

music

n.

mid-13c., musike, from Old French musique (12c.) and directly from Latin musica "the art of music," also including poetry (also source of Spanish musica, Italian musica, Old High German mosica, German Musik, Dutch muziek, Danish musik), from Greek mousike (techne) "(art) of the Muses," from fem. of mousikos "pertaining to the Muses," from Mousa "Muse" (see muse (n.)). Modern spelling from 1630s. In classical Greece, any art in which the Muses presided, but especially music and lyric poetry.

The use of letters to denote music notes is probably at least as old as 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, and the natural minor scale begins at A.

Music box is from 1773, originally "barrel organ;" music hall is from 1842, especially "hall licensed for musical entertainment" (1857). 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.

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face the music in Culture

face the music definition


To accept unpleasant consequences: “After several years of cheating his employer, the embezzler finally had to face the music.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for face the music

face the music

verb phrase

To endure whatever punishment or rigors one has incurred; take what one has coming

[1850+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr the necessity of forcing a cavalry horse to face steadily the regimental band; perhaps fr the plight of a performer on stage]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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face the music in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with face the music

face the music

Confront unpleasantness, especially the consequences of one's errors. For example, When the check bounced, he had to face the music. The precise allusion in this expression has been lost. Most authorities believe it refers to a theater's pit orchestra, which an actor must face when he faces what can be a hostile audience, but some hold it comes from the military, where a formal dismissal in disgrace would be accompanied by band music. [ Second half of 1800s ]
Also see: face up to

music

In addition to the idiom beginning with music also see: face the music
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