American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small flute pitched an octave above a regular flute.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a musical instrument considerably smaller than the usual size: a piccolo trumpet; a piccolo concertina.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small flute, sounding an octave higher than the ordinary flute. Also called flauto piccolo, octave-flute, ottavino, and ottavius.
- n. An organ-stop giving tones like those of a piccolo.
- n. The small or treble bugle, usually pitched in E flat.
- n. music An instrument similar to a flute, but smaller, and playing an octave higher.
- n. A waiter's assistant in a hotel or restaurant.
- n. A bottle of champagne containing 0.1875 liters of fluid, 1/4 the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or snipe.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A small, shrill flute, the pitch of which is an octave higher than the ordinary flute; an octave flute.
- n. (Mus.) A small upright piano.
- n. (Mus.) An organ stop, with a high, piercing tone.
- n. a small flute; pitched an octave above the standard flute
- French, from Italian, short for (flauto) piccolo, small (flute).Italian, small. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I don't care who called the piccolo player a MoFo, I just want to know who called that MoFo a piccolo player!”
“She also used this masterful reasoning to determine (wrongly) that the piccolo is a member of the percussion family.”
“Strains of “Der Fuehrer’s Face” by Spike Jones and His City Slickers ran through my mind and I chuckled without meaning to as the image of Göring on piccolo from the German oom-pah band in Disney’s “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land” popped unbidden into my head.”
“(Both because of the violation and the "piccolo" revelation.)”
“There was the banjo-ukulele, the guitar-banjo, different banjo sizes such as piccolo, cello and bass, the banjeaurine, the plectrum banjo (a 5-string banjo without the 5th string), etc. etc.”
“The detuning by a quarter·tone in one piccolo, clarinet, trumpet and synthesiser enabled a more accurate realisation of the harmonic series.”
“Driven by roaring trombones, the tempest reaches its tremendous climax, with cymbals crashing amid a screaming twirling motif for the violins, flute and piccolo.”
“To keep the pace moving, Rossini has those final plucked chords overlap a new, rustling motif by the violas and second violins, answered with three detached chords for piccolo, flute and two oboes.”
“Here the violins, flute and piccolo, playing near the top of their range, are answered by a weighty gesture by the trombones, bassoons, cellos and basses.”
“Let's see ... amazing video of a conference room, Conan band leader Jimmy Vivino playing a piccolo, a lame Facebook joke, Jim Parsons saying "It's nice to be here," several Diet Coke promotions, the band Steel Train playing a single chord and a dancing Taco.”
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