American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or capable of producing music: a musical instrument.
- adj. Characteristic of or resembling music; melodious: a musical speaking voice.
- adj. Set to or accompanied by music: a musical revue.
- adj. Devoted to or skilled in music.
- n. A play or movie that contains musical numbers.
- n. A musical comedy.
- n. Archaic A musicale.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to music, in any sense; of the nature of music: as, musical proportion.
- Sounding agreeably; affecting the ear pleasurably; conformable to the laws of the science of music; conformable to the principles of the art of music; melodious; harmonious.
- Pertaining to the performance or the notation of music.
- Fond of music; discriminating with regard to music: as, the child is musical, or has a musical ear.
- Amusing; ridiculous.
- n. A meeting or a party for a musical entertainment: same as musicale.
- adj. Of or relating to music.
- adj. Gifted or skilled in music.
- adj. Pleasing to the ear.
- n. a stage performance, show or film which involves singing, dancing and musical numbers performed by the cast as well as acting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to music; having the qualities of music; or the power of producing music; devoted to music; melodious; harmonious.
- n. obsolete Music.
- n. colloq. A social entertainment of which music is the leading feature; a musical party.
- n. A drama in which music and song are prominent features; a musical drama or musical play.
- adj. containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody
- adj. characterized by or capable of producing music
- adj. talented in or devoted to music
- n. a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
- adj. characteristic of or resembling or accompanied by music
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin musicalis, from Ancient Greek μουσικός (mousikos), from μουσική (mousiki, "music"). (Wiktionary)
“Since the time of the Netherlandish contrapuntists, the primary impulse in musical creation has been the _musical_ ideal -- the creation of tonal fancies, novel, inspiring, musical, satisfactory.”
“No one has ever equalled him in quickness and depth of musical insight and feeling, nor in the constancy with which he bears within himself, in all its fulness, that mysterious power which can be called by no truer name than _musical inspiration_.”
“At the base of the musical experience seem to be (i) the experience of tones, as opposed to mere pitched sounds, where a tone is heard as being in ˜musical space™, that is, as bearing such relations to other tones as being higher or lower, or of the same kind (at the octave), and (ii) the experience of movement, as when we hear a melody as wandering far afield and then coming to rest where it began.”
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“After all, the logical progression from a Young Frankenstein musical is a Spaceballs musical, and we really don't think we could stomach that.”
“That music is a product of civilisation is manifest; for though savages have their dance-chants, these are of a kind scarcely to be dignified by the title musical: at most, they supply but the vaguest rudiment of music, properly so called.”
“While his first South Pacific rehearsals were polished, they lacked the expression musical theatre demands.”
“The choreography Jones created for this musical is a whirlwind of ritual and nightclub dances, formed in West Africa but repeated throughout the world.”
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