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piano wire

a very thin steel wire of high tensile strength.
Origin of piano wire
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He brought from London a Kelvin sounding apparatus, with a sufficient length of piano-wire for testing any probable depth.

  • Sometimes the overtones are more prominent than the fundamental, as when a piano-wire is struck with a nail.

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