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Music is an auditory art.

Mu"sic, n. Etym: [F. musique, fr. L. musica, Gr.

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.

2.
(a) Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones.
(b) Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones.

3. The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score.

4. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.
The man that hath ni music in himself Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. Shak.

5. (Zoöl.)

Defn: A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals.
See Stridulation. Magic music, 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.
-- Music box. See Musical box, under Musical.
-- Music hall, a place for public musical entertainments.
-- Music loft, 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.
-- Music paper, paper ruled with the musical staff, for the use of composers and copyists.
-- Music pen, a pen for ruling at one time the five lines of the musical staff.
-- Music shell (Zoöl.), 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 similarly marked.
-- To face the music, to meet any disagreeable necessity without flinching. [Colloq. or Slang]



---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Music - Jubal was the inventor of musical instruments (Genesis 4:21). The Hebrews were much given to the cultivation of music. Their whole history and literature afford abundant evidence of this. After the Deluge, the first mention of music is in the account of Laban's interview with Jacob (Genesis 31:27). After their triumphal passage of the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel sang their song of deliverance (Ex. 15). But the period of Samuel, David, and Solomon was the golden age of Hebrew music, as it was of Hebrew poetry. Music was now for the first time systematically cultivated. It was an essential part of training in the schools of the prophets (1 Samuel 10:5; 1 Samuel 19:19; 2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chronicles 25:6). There now arose also a class of professional singers (2 Samuel 19:35; Ecclesiastes 2:8). The temple, however, was the great school of music. In the conducting of its services large bands of trained singers and players on instruments were constantly employed (2 Samuel 6:5; 1 Chr. 15; 16; 1 Chronicles 23:5; 1 Chronicles 25:1). In private life also music seems to have held an important place among the Hebrews (Ecclesiastes 2:8; Amos 6:4; Isaiah 5:11, Isaiah 5:12; Isaiah 24:8, Isaiah 24:9; Psalms 137:1; Jeremiah 48:33; Luke 15:25).

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