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.


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  • 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.



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