from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The sounding of the tones of a chord in rapid succession rather than simultaneously.
- noun A chord played or sung in this manner.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The sounding of the notes of an instrumental chord in rapid succession, either upward or (rarely) downward, as in harp-playing, instead of simultaneously.
- noun A chord thus sounded; a broken chord. Sometimes written harpeggio.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Mus.) The production of the tones of a chord in rapid succession, as in playing the harp, and not simultaneously; a strain thus played.
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- noun music The notes of a chord played individually instead of simultaneously, usually moving from lowest to highest.
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- noun a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Italian, from arpeggiare, to play the harp, from arpa, harp, of Germanic origin; see harp.]
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From the Italian arpeggiare ("to play a harp").
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