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recital

[ri-sahyt-l] /rɪˈsaɪt l/
noun
1.
a musical entertainment given usually by a single performer or by a performer and one or more accompanists.
2.
a similar entertainment in a field other than music:
a dance recital.
3.
a program or concert by dance or music students to demonstrate their achievements or progress.
4.
an act or instance of reciting.
5.
a formal or public delivery of something memorized.
6.
a detailed statement.
7.
an account, narrative, or description:
He gave a recital of the things he'd been doing since we'd last seen him.
Origin of recital
1505-1515
1505-15; recite + -al2
Related forms
recitalist, noun
nonrecital, noun, adjective
prerecital, noun
Synonyms
7. See narrative.
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  • So my rascals ever did with me, though in good truth I seldom listened to their recital.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Is it possible that in so short a time—if the recital be not too painful, pray explain.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • For many minutes after Madeline had finished her recital, she sat staring straight before her, like a statue.

  • "Certainly," I replied, deeply sighing at the recital of so lame a story.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • "I am not surprised," he said calmly, when the Terrestrial ended his recital.

    Creatures of Vibration Harl Vincent
  • The feeling with which I had listened to this recital had become intolerable.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Darby listened to the recital in amazement and shook his head sadly over the delinquency of the late Lord Garvington.

    Red Money Fergus Hume
  • Every now and then she gave a recital, and it was always crowded.

British Dictionary definitions for recital

recital

/rɪˈsaɪtəl/
noun
1.
a musical performance by a soloist or soloists Compare concert (sense 1)
2.
the act of reciting or repeating something learned or prepared
3.
an account, narration, or description
4.
a detailed statement of facts, figures, etc
5.
(often pl) (law) the preliminary statement in a deed showing the reason for its existence and leading up to and explaining the operative part
Derived Forms
recitalist, noun
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Word Origin and History for recital
n.

1510s, a legal term, "rehearsal or statement of relevant facts," from recite + -al. Meaning "act of reciting" is from 1610s; musical performance sense is from 1811.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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recital in Technology


dBASE-like language and DBMS from Recital Corporation. Versions include Vax VMS.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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