from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being musical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being musical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property of sounding like music


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  • But there had been in his playing a sheer "musicalness," as she had called it afterwards, which had enticed her almost against her will.

    December Love

  • Yet such is the noise and sound of the word, that they are willing to become professors thereof; there is some kind of musicalness in it, especially when well handled and fingered by a skilful preacher.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

  • Some are allured but not changed: 'There is some kind of musicalness in the word; when well handled and fingered by a skilful preacher,' it has a momentary influence; 'they hear thy words, but do them not.'

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

  • Now, if ‘musicalness and unmusicalness’ had not been a property essentially inhering in man, these changes would have been

    On the Generation and Corruption

  • And in definition also the accident is prior to the whole, e.g. ‘musical’ to ‘musical man’, for the definition cannot exist as a whole without the part; yet musicalness cannot exist unless there is some one who is musical.


  • Of things that are quanta incidentally, some are so called in the sense in which it was said that the musical and the white were quanta, viz. because that to which musicalness and whiteness belong is a quantum, and some are quanta in the way in which movement and time are so; for these also are called quanta of


  • An 'I don't see no signs o' no boats nuther; an's fur's I kin see, them folks is a firin 'off that air gun jest fur the musicalness on't.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 098, February, 1876

  • = Quality = has reference to the _kind_ of the voice in respect of its smoothness or roughness, sonority or thinness, musicalness or harshness; also in respect of the completeness of its vocality.

    The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886

  • It includes constructiveness in story, character-drawing, picturesqueness, musicalness, naturalness, -- in fine, whatever art may combine with poetry or the soul of poetry admit in art.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 20, June, 1859

  • There is a thing in the air of our beautiful slopes which makes the people of a great instinctive musicalness and deceptiveness, with passions like those burning in the old mountain we have there.

    The Beautiful Lady


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