from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A musical instrument fitted with steam whistles, played from a keyboard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical organ, consisting of steam whistles played with a keyboard. Often used with merry-go-rounds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Muse that presides over eloquence and heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus, and chief of the nine Muses.
- n. One of the asteroids. See Solar.
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles, toned to the notes of the scale, and played by keys arranged like those of an organ. It is sometimes attached to steamboat boilers.
- n. A beautiful species of humming bird (Stellula Calliope) of California and adjacent regions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gr. Myth., the muse who presided over eloquence and heroic poetry. Also spelled Kalliope.
- n. [lowercase] The name given to a harsh musical instrument consisting of a number of steam-whistles tuned to produce different tones. Also called steam-organ.
- n. [NL.] In ornithology: A genus of small sylviine birds, related to Cyanecula, the type of which is an Asiatic warbler, Calliope kamchatkensis. Gould, 1836, The term had previously been the specific name of the same bird.
- n. [lowercase] The specific name of a humming-bird, Stellula calliope, inhabiting the western United States and Mexico, having the crown and back golden-green, the gorget violet and lilac, set in snowy-white.
- n. A genus of mammals.
- n. A genus of dipterous insects.
- n. A genus of amphipods.
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- n. a musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard
- n. (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry
The mechanical calliope is louder now, adding to the urgency in my voice.
Incidentally, you'll be pegged as a first-of-May if you don't call the calliope a cally-ope.
The "Southern Republic," from her immense size and unusually handsome equipment, was a novelty even to the river people; and each afternoon of her starting, crowds came aboard to bid farewell to friends and roam over the vessel, or collected on the bluffs above to see her swing out to the shrill notes of her "calliope," the best and least discordant on the river.
There were bands on horses and bands on chariots, and at the tail of the procession a fearful and wonderful instrument bearing the euphonious and classic name of the "calliope," whose chief function seemed to be that of terrifying the farmers 'horses into frantic and determined attempts to escape from these horrid alarms of the city to the peaceful haunts of their rural solitudes.
However, she was not aware, until Davis settled in, that his nights were a continual calliope of snorts, wheezes, gasps, grunts and whistles — in several different keys, no less.
Ghosts of the past and goblins of the future danced to the tune of a calliope.
Some years ago she encountered an out-of-tune calliope on a riverboat in New Orleans and, as she describes, became fascinated with old mechanical instruments, and the odd, detuned sounds that they produce as they deteriorate.
Music: (you hear ... calliope music. sorry, in joke.)
He contributed the film's, and the album's, most indelible musical moment: the plaintive solo at the end of "Racing in the Street," a customarily swirling, keening wail made of equal parts lonesome calliope, funeral dirge and call to the faithful.
Echoey yet whimsical calliope music has replaced the electric drone and far-off clang.