una corda

[oo-nuh kawr-duh; Italian oo-nah kawr-dah]
with the soft pedal depressed (a musical direction in piano playing).

1840–50; < Italian: literally, one string, since depressing the soft pedal shifts the hammers so as to strike only two (orig. one) of the strings provided for each note

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una corda (ˈuːnə ˈkɔːdə)
adj, —adv
music (of the piano) to be played with the soft pedal depressed
[Italian, literally: one string; the pedal moves the mechanism so that only one string of the three tuned to each note is struck by the hammer]

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