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pi·an·o 1

 (pē-ăn′ō, pyăn′ō)
n. pl. pi·an·os
A musical instrument with a manual keyboard actuating hammers that strike wire strings, producing sounds that may be softened or sustained by means of pedals.

[Italian, short for pianoforte; see pianoforte.]

pi·a·no 2

 (pē-ä′nō, pyä′-) Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. p
In a soft or quiet tone. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. pi·a·nos
A passage to be played softly or quietly.

[Italian, from Late Latin plānus, smooth, graceful, from Latin, flat; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

piano

(pɪˈænəʊ)
n, pl -anos
(Instruments) a musical stringed instrument resembling a harp set in a vertical or horizontal frame, played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike the strings and produce audible vibrations. See also grand piano, upright piano
[C19: short for pianoforte]

piano

(ˈpjɑːnəʊ)
adj, adv
(Classical Music) music (to be performed) softly. Symbol: p
[C17: from Italian, from Latin plānus flat; see plain1]

Piano

(Italian pjˈɑno)
n
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pi•an•o1

(piˈæn oʊ, ˈpyæn oʊ)

n., pl. -an•os.
a musical instrument in which felt-covered hammers, operated from a keyboard, strike upon metal strings.
[1795–1805; short for pianoforte]

pi•a•no2

(piˈɑ noʊ, ˈpyɑ-)
Music. adj.
1. soft; subdued.
adv.
2. softly. Abbr.: p
[1675–85; < Italian: soft, low (of sounds), plain, flat < Latin plānus plain1]

piano

softly
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piano - a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce soundspiano - a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
fallboard, fall-board - the hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played
grand piano, grand - a piano with the strings on a horizontal harp-shaped frame; usually supported by three legs
keyboard - device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
keyboard instrument - a musical instrument that is played by means of a keyboard
mechanical piano, Pianola, player piano - a mechanically operated piano that uses a roll of perforated paper to activate the keys
percussion instrument, percussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
piano action - action consisting of a system of levers that move a felt hammer to strike the strings when a key is depressed
clavier, piano keyboard, fingerboard - a bank of keys on a musical instrument
soft pedal - a pedal on a piano that moves the action closer to the strings and so soften the sound
soundboard, sounding board - (music) resonator consisting of a thin board whose vibrations reinforce the sound of the instrument
stringed instrument - a musical instrument in which taut strings provide the source of sound
loud pedal, sustaining pedal - a pedal on a piano that lifts the dampers from the strings and so allows them to continue vibrating
upright piano, upright - a piano with a vertical sounding board
2.piano - (music) low loudness
softness - a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency; "and in softness almost beyond hearing"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
Adj.1.piano - used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition"
forte, loud - used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the forte passages in the composition"
Adv.1.piano - used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
forte, loudly - used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly
Translations
بيانو: آلة موسيقيهبِيَّانُو
klavírklavírní
klaverklaver-
piano
piano
klavir
zongora
píanó
ピアノ
피아노
pianinaspianistas
klavieres
pian
klavírklavírnypiano
klavir
piano
เปียโน
đàn piano

piano

[ˈpjɑːnəʊ]
A. N (pianos (pl)) → piano m
B. CPD piano accordion Nacordeón-piano m
piano concerto Nconcierto m para piano
piano duet Npieza f para piano a cuatro manos
piano lesson Nlección f de piano
piano piece Npieza f para piano
piano player Npianista mf
piano stool Ntaburete m de piano
piano teacher Nprofesor(a) m/f de piano
piano tuner Nafinador(a) m/f de pianos

piano

[piˈɑːnəʊ piˈænəʊ]
npiano m
to have piano lessons → prendre des leçons de piano
I have piano lessons → Je prends des leçons de piano.
to play the piano → jouer du piano
I play the piano → Je joue du piano.
modif [duet, trio] → de piano; [sonata, music] → pour pianopiano accordion n (British)accordéon m à touchespiano concerto nconcerto m pour pianopiano lesson nleçon f de pianopiano piece nmorceau m pour pianopiano stool ntabouret m de pianopiano teacher nprofesseur mf de pianopiano tuner naccordeur/euse m/f de pianos

piano

n (upright) → Klavier nt, → Piano nt (geh, old); (= grand piano)Flügel m; who was at or on the piano?wer war am Klavier?
adv (Mus) → piano, leise
adjpiano, leise; the piano sectiondas Piano

piano

:
piano accordion
nPianoakkordeon nt
piano concerto
pianoforte
n (form)Pianoforte nt
piano keys
plKlaviertasten pl

piano

:
piano lesson
piano music
nKlaviermusik f
piano player
nKlavierspieler(in) m(f)
piano recital
piano stool
piano teacher
nKlavierlehrer(in) m(f)
piano tuner
nKlavierstimmer(in) m(f)
piano wire
nKlaviersaitendraht m

piano

[piːˈænəʊ]
1. npiano(forte) m
2. adj (lesson, teacher) → di piano(forte); (concerto, stool) → per piano(forte)

piano

(piˈӕnəu) plural piˈanos noun
a large musical instrument played by pressing keys which make hammers strike stretched wires. She plays the piano very well; (also adjective) piano music.
pianist (ˈpiənist) noun
a person who plays the piano.
piˌano-acˈcordion noun
a type of accordion with a keyboard like that of a piano.
pianoforte (piӕnəuˈfoːti) noun
a piano.
grand piano
a large piano in which the wires are stretched horizontally.

piano

بِيَّانُو klavír klaver Klavier πιάνο piano piano piano klavir piano ピアノ 피아노 piano piano fortepian piano пианино piano เปียโน piyano đàn piano 钢琴
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