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

  • adv. Music With the soft pedal of the piano depressed. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In piano music, the notation indicating that the player depresses the soft pedal, altering, and reducing the volume of the sound. In many pianos, this results in the hammer striking one string rather than three.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In piano-forte-playing. See .shifting pedal. See also pedal, 2 .


Italian : una, one + corda, string (so called because depressing the soft pedal causes only one string to be struck of the two or three provided for each note).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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