Found 2 items, similar to Music box.
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Definition: music box
n : produces music by means of pins on a revolving cylinder that
strike the tuned teeth of a comb-like metal plate [syn: musical box
English → English
Definition: Music box
, n. [F. musique, fr. L. musica, Gr. ? (sc. ?),
any art over which the Muses presided, especially music,
lyric poetry set and sung to music, fr. ? belonging to Muses
or fine arts, fr. ? Muse.]
1. The science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i.
e., sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform
and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various
degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which
treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties,
dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art
of combining tones in a manner to please the ear.
Note: Not all sounds are tones. Sounds may be unmusical and
yet please the ear. Music deals with tones, and with no
other sounds. See Tone
(a) Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable
succession of tones.
(b) Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous
3. The written and printed notation of a musical composition;
4. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.
The man that hath no music in himself
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. --Shak.
5. (Zo["o]l.) A more or less musical sound made by many of
the lower animals. See Stridulation
, a game in which a person is guided in finding
a hidden article, or in doing a specific art required, by
music which is made more loud or rapid as he approaches
success, and slower as he recedes. --Tennyson.
. See Musical box
, under Musical
, a place for public musical entertainments.
, a gallery for musicians, as in a dancing room
or a church.
Music of the spheres
, the harmony supposed to be produced
by the accordant movement of the celestial spheres.
, paper ruled with the musical staff, for the
use of composers and copyists.
, a pen for ruling at one time the five lines of
the musical staff.
(Zo["o]l.), a handsomely colored marine
gastropod shell (Voluta musica
) found in the East
Indies; -- so called because the color markings often
resemble printed music. Sometimes applied to other shells
To face the music
, to meet any disagreeable necessity, such
as a reprimand for an error or misdeed, without flinching.
[Colloq. or Slang]
, a. [Cf. F. musical.]
Of or pertaining to music; having the qualities of music; or
the power of producing music; devoted to music; melodious;
harmonious; as, musical proportion; a musical voice; musical
instruments; a musical sentence; musical persons.
, or Music box
, a box or case containing
apparatus moved by clockwork so as to play certain tunes
automatically. The apparatus may be driven by a wind-up
spring mechanism or by batteries.
(Zo["o]l.), any fish which utters sounds under
water, as the drumfish, grunt, gizzard shad, etc.
, glass goblets or bowls so tuned and
arranged that when struck, or rubbed, they produce musical
notes. Cf. Harmonica