Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A harpsichord.
  • noun The set of keys or levers by which a carillon is played.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The harpsichord.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs and Margaret C. Jacob, Newton and the Culture of Newtonianism (Atlantic Highlands, N.J., 1995); on color and optics, Michel Blay, "Castel Critique de la Théorie Newtonienne des Couleurs," in "Autour du père Castel et du clavecin oculaire," ed.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • The most dramatic result of the scientific account was Louis Bertrand Castel's “ocular clavecin,” an elaborate instrument for projecting colors by a key - board, and this enthusiastic French Jesuit spent years attempting to perfect his color symphonies after the initial announcement of the project in 1725.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Great pop - ular interest was taken in the “clavecin” or “colour - organ” exhibited in London in 1757 by Père Louis

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Mozart, at the age of three, learnt the clavecin by watching his sister play; a year afterwards he composed admirably, at the age of seven he played the violin at first sight without having had any teacher, and proved himself a composer of genius before he reached his twelfth birthday.

    Reincarnation A Study in Human Evolution

  • Borghese, as it has been called, from the form of a clavecin adopted by the architect -- a monument of splendor, which was, less than two years later, to serve as the scene of a situation more melancholy than that of the Palais Castagna.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • They visit, drive, ride on horseback, paint, design, play on the lute or clavecin, and have all the new books sent to them.

    The Women of the French Salons

  • ANTONIA (le faisant s'asseoir devant le clavecin).

    The Tales of Hoffmann Les contes d'Hoffmann

  • Ghislaine sang in a ravishing fashion, and Yves accompanied her on the clavecin that stood in the petit salon, mingling the grave accents of his baritone with her clear soprano.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • He was, though untaught, exceedingly musical, and played by ear on the clavecin anything he had heard.

    A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago

  • The present proprietor keeps the house arranged as it used to be, and has gathered one or two memorials of its famous tenant, including his poor clavecin and his watch.

    Rousseau

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