from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that synthesizes: a synthesizer of others' ideas.
  • n. Music An electronic instrument, often played with a keyboard, that combines simple waveforms to produce more complex sounds, such as those of various other instruments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electronic instrument that creates its sounds with electronics and has a keyboard.
  • n. An electronic instrument module that creates its sounds with electronics and does not have any keyboard.
  • n. An electronic circuit that generates an electronic signal oscillation with accurate timing from a reference oscillator.
  • n. An electronic device that generates electronic signal patterns to test an electronic circuit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In acoustics, an instrument for the production of complex tones of predetermined composition.

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

  • n. (music) an electronic instrument (usually played with a keyboard) that generates and modifies sounds electronically and can imitate a variety of other musical instruments
  • n. an intellectual who synthesizes or uses synthetic methods


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