Definitions

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

  • adverb & adjective With the soft pedal of the piano depressed. Used chiefly as a direction.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • adverb music 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.

Etymologies

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

[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).]

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