from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as music-case, 2.
  • noun In certain mechanical musical instruments, such as piano-players, the removable roll of perforated paper, or stencil, by which the admission of air is regulated and the music is thus produced. See piano-player, 2.


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  • Alice is a music-teacher, and goes all day from house to house in town, and from school to school, with her music-roll in hand.

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  • A grand piano by a famous maker made its appearance in the salon in place of the old one, and Madame Dobson, the singing-teacher, came no longer twice a week, but every day, music-roll in hand.

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  • And, shaking her curls, she unrolled her music-roll and took from it the poor, dear fellow's letters, which she had carefully hidden between the leaves of her songs, delighted to be involved in this love-story, to give vent to her emotion in an atmosphere of intrigue and mystery which melted her cold eyes and suffused her dry, pale complexion.

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  • Someone was entering -- a girl with a music-roll under an arm.


  • It took the blundering grammar and the music-roll to keep the door open -- and then it opened wide and Achilles entered, following the butler's stateliness up the high, dark hall.

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  • She seated herself, folding her hands above the music-roll, and lifting her eyes to the dark face looking down at her.

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  • Harris found herself standing, music-roll in hand, at the door of Madame

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  • He took out the music-roll from the drawer and unrolled it, holding it in light fingers.

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  • His eye dropped to the silver tag on the music-roll in his hand, and lifted itself again to a gleaming red-brown house at the left.

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  • So ill that when Betty Harris, with her demure music-roll in her hand, tapped at the door of Madame Lewandowska's studio, she found no one within.

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