Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparatus invented by J. B. Logier in London, about 1810, for training the hands of beginners in pianoforte-playing. It consisted of complex arrangements to sustain and guide the wrist and the fingers. A simplification of the machine, invented by Kalkbrenner in 1818, is still in occasional use.
- n. music A device to guide the hands and fingers of pupils in playing the piano, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) An instrument to guid the hands and fingers of pupils in playing on the piano, etc.
- Ancient Greek formed by hand; hand + to shape. (Wiktionary)
“I had, however, no teacher at this time but my aunt Dall, and I suppose the chiroplast may have saved her some trouble, by insuring that my practising, which she could not always superintend, should not be merely”
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