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o·pus

 (ō′pəs)
n. pl. o·pe·ra (ō′pər-ə, ŏp′ər-ə) or o·pus·es
A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.

[Latin; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

opus

(ˈəʊpəs; ˈɔp-)
n, pl opuses or opera (ˈɒpərə)
1. an artistic composition, esp a musical work
2. (Classical Music) (often capital) (usually followed by a number) a musical composition by a particular composer, generally catalogued in order of publication: Beethoven's opus 61 is his violin concerto.
Abbreviation: op.
[C18: from Latin: a work; compare Sanskrit apas work]

o•pus

(ˈoʊ pəs)

n., pl. o•pus•es or, esp. for 2, o•pe•ra (ˈoʊ pər ə, ˈɒp ər ə)
1. one of the compositions of a composer, usu. numbered according to the order of publication.
2. a literary work or composition, as a book.
[1695–1705; < Latin: work, labor, a work]

Opus

 a musical composition; a collection of compositions, 1809.

opus

A Latin word meaning a work, used to mean a particular piece of music by a composer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.opus - a musical work that has been createdopus - a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
morceau - a short literary or musical composition
sheet music - a musical composition in printed or written form; "she turned the pages of the music as he played"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
musical arrangement, arrangement - a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments
realisation, realization - a musical composition that has been completed or enriched by someone other than the composer
coda, finale - the closing section of a musical composition
intermezzo - a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between acts of a drama or opera
allegro - a musical composition or musical passage to be performed quickly in a brisk lively manner
allegretto - a musical composition or musical passage to be performed at a somewhat quicker tempo than andante but not as fast as allegro
andante - a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
introit - a composition of vocal music that is appropriate for opening church services
solo - a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment)
duette, duo, duet - a musical composition for two performers
trio - a musical composition for three performers
quartette, quartet - a musical composition for four performers
quintet, quintette - a musical composition for five performers
sextet, sextette, sestet - a musical composition written for six performers
septette, septet - a musical composition written for seven performers
octette, octet - a musical composition written for eight performers
bagatelle - a light piece of music for piano
divertimento, serenade - a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form
canon - a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
etude - a short composition for a solo instrument; intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity
idyl, pastoral, pastorale, idyll - a musical composition that evokes rural life
toccata - a baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style
fantasia - a musical composition of a free form usually incorporating several familiar themes
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
movement - a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata; "the second movement is slow and melodic"
largo - (music) a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner
larghetto - (music) a composition or passage played in a slow tempo slightly faster than largo but slower than adagio
suite - a musical composition of several movements only loosely connected
symphonic poem, tone poem - an orchestral composition based on literature or folk tales
medley, pastiche, potpourri - a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
nocturne, notturno - a pensive lyrical piece of music (especially for the piano)
adagio - (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully); "they played the adagio too quickly"
song, vocal - a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
study - a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique; "a study in spiccato bowing"
capriccio - an instrumental composition that doesn't adhere to rules for any specific musical form and is played with improvisation
motet - an unaccompanied choral composition with sacred lyrics; intended to be sung as part of a church service; originated in the 13th century
program music, programme music - musical compositions intended to evoke images or remind the listener of events
incidental music - music composed to accompany the action of a drama or to fill intervals between scenes

opus

noun work, piece, production, creation, composition, work of art, brainchild, oeuvre (French) Emerson, Lake and Palmer have recorded their latest opus in Dolby Surround.

opus

noun
1. Something that is the result of creative effort:
2. An issue of printed material offered for sale or distribution:
Translations

opus

[ˈəʊpəs] N (opuses or opera (pl)) (Mus) → opus m

opus

[ˈəʊpəs] [opera] [ˈəʊpərə] (pl) n (= work) → opus m

opus

n pl <opera> (Mus) → Opus nt

opus

[ˈəʊpəs] n (opuses or opera (pl)) [ˈɒprə] (Mus) → opera
References in classic literature ?
Probus likewise, by that speech, Si vixero, non opus erit amplius Romano imperio militibus; a speech of great despair for the soldiers.
Beebe was wondering whether it would be Adelaida, or the march of The Ruins of Athens, when his composure was disturbed by the opening bars of Opus III.
1287a] We will next consider the absolute monarch that we have just mentioned, who does everything according to his own will: for a king governing under the direction of laws which he is obliged to follow does not of himself create any particular species of government, as we have already said: for in every state whatsoever, either aristocracy or democracy, it is easy to appoint a general for life; and there are many who entrust the administration of affairs to one person only; such is the government at Dyrrachium, and nearly the same at Opus.
Your unfinished work is a small thing," said Challenger pompously, "when weighed against the fact that my own MAGNUM OPUS, `The Ladder of Life,' is still in the first stages.
As a matter of fact, "Thus Spake Zarathustra", though it is unquestionably Nietzsche's opus magnum, is by no means the first of Nietzsche's works that the beginner ought to undertake to read.
Opus West plans to begin construction in June on the 160,000-square-foot Opus Corporate Center on Valencia Boulevard just off the Golden State Freeway.
Opus is a leading publisher of newsletters and books on health care compliance and regulatory issues.
Both the '91 and '95 display characteristics of Opus One quality and evenness, but it's the `97 that portrays the loveliness, the all-round facets of bouquet, flavor, texture and finish, that make a great wine.
A new character called Opus Dave has joined The Fat Slags, Sid the Sexist and Johnny Fartpants in the latest issue of the cult comic.
The supernumeraries (about 70% of the members) are the least available of the members for Opus Dei activities since they are usually married or have other family commitments.
But within two weeks of agreeing a monthly rate of pounds 60, Opus demanded that his Direct Debit was increased to pounds 173.
Still, Opus Dei is not suggesting a boycott of the film.