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 (ôr′kĭ-strə, -kĕs′trə)
1. Music
a. A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including strings, woodwinds, brass instruments, and percussion instruments.
b. The instruments played by such a group.
2. The area in a theater or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage.
a. The front section of seats nearest the stage in a theater.
b. The entire main floor of a theater.
4. A semicircular space in front of the stage used by the chorus in ancient Greek theaters.

[Latin orchēstra, the space in front of the stage in Greek theaters where the chorus performed, from Greek orkhēstrā, from orkheisthai, to dance.]

or·ches′tral (ôr-kĕs′trəl) adj.
or·ches′tral·ly adv.


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Orchestrally and vocally, it was a happier evening, though both pit and the many fine voices had a hard time competing with Shaw's dramatic obstacle course.
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I'd been in touch with Steve myself the end of last year because I was interested in performing Visage orchestrally.
From the time of Peter the Great up to Napoleon's disastrous 1812 campaign against Russia (as immortalized orchestrally by Tchaikovsky), Russian society was very interested in Western culture and cared little for its own native genius, which remained as yet unexplored.
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