Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musical instrument similar in shape and action to a pianoforte, but having tuning-forks in place of strings.

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Examples

  • The key-harp on the corner of the table was something like a miniature piano, except the volume was so low that it was clearly useless except as a composing or learning aid.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • As the tinted glass of the bedchamber window filtered the worst of the late-afternoon sun, Anna sat at the table with the key-harp, a stack of the tan paper, a pencil, and the inevitable pitcher of water and accompanying goblet.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • Even though her left shoulder and hand had healed enough to use the key-harp for short periods of time, the instrument seemed almost worse than useless.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • Anna's fingers struggled with the key-harp as she tried to keep the words of the aria in mind.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • Not only was the key-harp frustrating her, but it had no power of projection.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • The small instrument helped in working things out, far more than the key-harp.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • Finally, she set the mandolin on the desk beside the unused key-harp.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • After getting the key-harp in what she hoped was a rough tune, a very rough tuning, Anna looked at the short stack of paper and rubbed her forehead.

    The Soprano Sorceress

  • She hoped there weren't too many mistakes or oversights" but she wouldn't have bet a clipped coin " or an off-tune key-harp " on it.

    The Soprano Sorceress

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