Harpsichord



[hahrp-si-kawrd] /ˈhɑrp sɪˌkɔrd/

noun
1.
a keyboard instrument, precursor of the piano, in which the strings are plucked by leather or quill points connected with the keys, in common use from the 16th to the 18th century, and revived in the 20th.
/ˈhɑːpsɪˌkɔːd/
noun
1.
a horizontally strung stringed keyboard instrument, triangular in shape, consisting usually of two manuals controlling various sets of strings plucked by pivoted plectrums mounted on jacks. Some harpsichords have a pedal keyboard and stops by which the tone colour may be varied
n.

1610s, from French harpechorde “harp string,” from Modern Latin harpichordium (cf. Italian arpicordo), from harpa (see harp (n.)) + chorda “string” (see cord). The -s- is unexplained, but it is attested in the earliest English forms.

A stringed keyboard instrument much used in the baroque era in music. The keys of a harpsichord move small devices that pluck the strings; the strings are not struck with hammers, as in a piano. Thus, although harpsichords often look much like pianos, their characteristic tinkly sound is unlike that of the piano, and a harpsichordist cannot change the volume of the sound by striking the keys harder, as a pianist can.

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Harpy

    [hahr-pee] /ˈhɑr pi/ noun, plural Harpies. 1. Classical Mythology. a ravenous, filthy monster having a woman’s head and a bird’s body. 2. (lowercase) a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman; shrew. 3. (lowercase) a greedy, predatory person. /ˈhɑːpɪ/ noun (pl) -pies 1. a cruel grasping woman /ˈhɑːpɪ/ noun (pl) -pies 1. (Greek myth) a ravenous creature with […]

  • Harpy-eagle

    noun 1. a large, powerful eagle, Harpia harpyja, of tropical America: an endangered species. noun 1. a very large tropical American eagle, Harpia harpyja, with a black-and-white plumage and a head crest



  • Harquebus

    [hahr-kwuh-buh s] /ˈhɑr kwə bəs/ noun, plural harquebuses. 1. any of several small-caliber long guns operated by a matchlock or wheel-lock mechanism, dating from about 1400. /ˈhɑːkwɪbəs/ noun (pl) -buses 1. a variant of arquebus

  • Harquebusier

    [hahr-kwuh-buh-seer] /ˌhɑr kwə bəˈsɪər/ noun 1. a soldier armed with a . /ˌhɑːkwɪbəˈsɪə/ noun 1. (formerly) a soldier armed with an arquebus Also called arquebusier



Disclaimer: Harpsichord definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.