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quad·riv·i·um

 (kwŏ-drĭv′ē-əm)
n. pl. quad·riv·i·a (-ē-ə)
The higher division of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, composed of geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, and music.

[Late Latin, from Latin, place where four roads meet : quadri-, quadri- + via, road; see via.]

quadrivium

(kwɒˈdrɪvɪəm)
n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
1. (Education) (in medieval learning) the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Compare trivium
2. (Historical Terms) (in medieval learning) the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Compare trivium
[from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads, meeting of four ways, from quadri- + via way]

quad•riv•i•um

(kwɒˈdrɪv i əm)

n., pl. quad•riv•i•a (kwɒˈdrɪv i ə)
(during the Middle Ages) the more advanced division of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Compare trivium.
[1795–1805; < Late Latin; Latin quadrivium place where four ways meet; see quadri-, via, -ium1]

quadrivium

in the Middle Ages, one of the two divisions of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. See also trivium.
See also: Knowledge, Learning
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quadrivium - (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
Translations

quadrivium

[kwɒˈdrɪvɪəm] Ncuadrivio m
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The scientific ones divide further into speculative and practical, the speculative into real and rational, and so on with further subdivisions, including music placed traditionally within the Quadrivium, or mathematical sciences.
From these endeavors emerged the faculties of theology and law respectively at the universities in Paris and Bologna; but these distinctions further enabled the schools to differentiate the domain of theology as a discipline from that of natural philosophy or from other disciplines in the trivium and quadrivium as well (vol.
From this material, Dr Woodley constructs a masterly 'case-study', as he modestly calls it, moving deftly between biography, palaeography, translation and analytical musicology to conjure up a fascinating picture, not only of Tucke, his notebook, its relevance to other composers' music and the role of music in the Quadrivium but also of many aspects of social life and behaviour in the early Tudor period.
It will also include live choral performances by the Seven Hills Public Charter School Chorus, Worcester Arts Magnet Chorus and Burncoat High School Quadrivium. (worcestermass.org)
Deep within the recesses of the medieval university's instruction, located in the quadrivium of the arts faculty, there existed a practical mathematics involving geometry and optics -- the last of which having implications for perspective.
The crowd was treated to singing from the Seven Hills Choir, the Worcester Public Schools All-City Chorus, and the Quadrivium Ensemble from Burncoat High School.
"More than any other figure," Boethius repulses the three modernist attacks in advance by postulating first a "creation structured by love," derived in part at least from Plato's Timaeus; and second the necessity of studying the quadrivium disciplines if a seeker ever hopes to comprehend the harmonies or "numbers" informing that structure.
Performers tonight include the Seven Hills Charter School Choir, the Worcester Public Schools All-City Chorus, and the Burncoat High School Quadrivium.
Their school is divided into eight departments or stages grammar, logic, arithmetic, music, astronomy, natural science, ethics, and theology; to the classical trivium and quadrivium Andreae has added theology and greatly emphasized science.
Performances by Seven Hills Charter School Choir, Worcester Public Schools All-City Chorus and Burncoat High School Quadrivium.
Quadrivium, the Burncoat High School select chorus, was rated "Excellent" during its appearance at the recent Festival Disney in Orlando, Fla., by an adjudication panel of college-level choral educators and Disney Entertainment professionals.