Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
  • n. Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm.
  • n. A musical composition.
  • n. The written or printed score for such a composition.
  • n. Such scores considered as a group: We keep our music in a stack near the piano.
  • n. A musical accompaniment.
  • n. A particular category or kind of music.
  • n. An aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds: the music of the wind in the pines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sound, or the study of such sounds, organized in time.
  • n. Any pleasing or interesting sounds.
  • n. A guide to playing or singing a particular tune; sheet music.
  • v. To seduce or entice with music.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i. e., sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties, dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear.
  • n.
  • n. Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones.
  • n. Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones.
  • n. The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score.
  • n. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.
  • n. A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To entice or seduce with music.
  • n. Any pleasing succession of sounds or of combinations of sounds; melody or harmony: as, the music of the winds, or of the sea.
  • n. The science of combining tones in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic order, so as to produce effects that shall be intelligible and agreeable to the ear.
  • n. The art of using rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials in the production of definite compositions, or works having scientific correctness, artistic finish and proportion, esthetic effectiveness, and an emotional content or meaning.
  • n. A composition made up of tones artistically and scientifically disposed, or such compositions collectively: as, a piece of music.
  • n. A musical composition as rendered by instruments or by the voice.
  • n. The art of producing melody or harmony by means of the voice or of instruments.
  • n. The written or printed score of a composition; also, such scores collectively: as, a book of music; music for the piano or the flute.
  • n. A company of performers of music; a band; an orchestra.
  • n. Pleasurable emotion, such as is produced by melodious and harmonious sounds; also, the source, cause, or occasion of such emotion.
  • n. Lively speech or action; liveliness; excited wrangling; excitement.
  • n. Diversion: sport; also, sense of the ridiculous. In this sense apparently confused with amuse; compare musical, 5.
  • n. In golf, the degree of suppleness in the shaft of a club.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
  • n. any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds
  • n. punishment for one's actions
  • n. musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)
  • n. an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French musique, from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē), (art) of the Muses, feminine of mousikos, of the Muses, from Mousa, Muse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman musik, musike, Old French musique, and their source Latin mūsica, from Ancient Greek μουσική (τέχνη) "(art) of the Muses". (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Gershwin never gave up the hope of a "Porgy and Bess" revival, but such was the elasticity of his musical talent that he could go from writing serious formal music to movie ­music without a hitch.

    Rhapsody Imbued

  • What I really meant was music *industry* rather than *music* industry.

    Cielo!

  • Oh, I long for music writers that write about music*.

    Black Market Kidneys » Please Write About The Music, Bright Eyes Writers

  • Furthermore, the syllables stressed in the music are stressed in the written poem as well; for in the mind of the Negro authors, words and music were one spontaneous creation, and it is the _music_ that gives to the words the accent, instead of the words forming the basis of the accentuation of the music, as with us.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918

  • MacDowell has created a typical music, typical of _himself_, not of any locality, and he wished it to be judged as _music_, not as

    Edward MacDowell

  • Out of the chaos of conflicting statements regarding the development of music notation, the student may glean an outline-knowledge of three fairly distinct periods or stages, each of these stages being intimately bound up with the development of _music_ itself in that period.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • Since it [architecture] is music in space, as it were a frozen music….

    Quotations

  • Hinton remarked that then would come a man so inspired by a new spirit that his feeling would be, not that _all_ music has been written, but that no _music_ has yet been written.

    The Task of Social Hygiene

  • Do you know how the wind blows through the trees on the steep mountain side, and will make music in your heart, _if your heart is tuned to its music_, even while you are pushing your way through thorny tanglewood and undergrowth?

    Quiet Talks on Following the Christ

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  • How amusi(c)ng! Singers begot song!

    June 27, 2011

  • According to Hesiod's Theogony: 'Them in Pieria did Mnemosyne (Memory), who reigns over the hills of Eleuther, bear of union with the father, the son of Cronos, a forgetting of ills and a rest from sorrow. For nine nights did wise Zeus lie with her, entering her holy bed remote from the immortals. And when a year was passed and the seasons came round as the months waned, and many days were accomplished, she bare nine daughters, all of one mind, whose hearts are set upon song and their spirit free from care, a little way from the topmost peak of snowy Olympus.'

    September 29, 2008

  • Where did the Muses come from?

    September 29, 2008

  • From the Muses.

    Are the last two WeirdNet definitions possibly based on face the music?

    September 28, 2008

  • Where did music come from?

    September 28, 2008

  • I read yesterday that Patrick Henry almost certainly never said "Give me Liberty or give me death", but does that really take away from the quote?

    October 27, 2007

  • "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture"
    - Elvis Costello (or maybe not)

    October 27, 2007