from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A musical composition that has been orchestrated.
  • noun Arrangement of music for performance by an orchestra.
  • noun Arrangement or control.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Figuratively, a harmonious arrangement as of colors in painting.
  • noun In music, the act, process, science, or result of composing or arranging music for an orchestra; instrumentation.

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

  • noun (Mus.) The arrangement of music for an orchestra; orchestral treatment of a composition; -- called also instrumentation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable the arrangement of music for performance by an orchestra
  • noun countable a composition that has been orchestrated
  • noun uncountable the control of diverse elements

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

  • noun an arrangement of events that attempts to achieve a maximum effect
  • noun an arrangement of a piece of music for performance by an orchestra or band
  • noun the act of arranging a piece of music for an orchestra and assigning parts to the different musical instruments


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