[pee-an-uh-fawrt, -fohrt; pee-an-uh-fawr-tee, -tey, -fohr-] /piˈæn əˌfɔrt, -ˌfoʊrt; piˌæn əˈfɔr ti, -teɪ, -ˈfoʊr-/
the full name for piano1
1767, from Italian, from piano e forte “soft and loud,” in full, gravicembalo col piano e forte “harpsichord with soft and loud” (c.1710), said to have been so named by inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) of Padua because the ability via dampers to vary the tone is one of the main changes from the harpsichord. Italian piano (adj.) ultimately is from Latin planus “flat, smooth, even,” later “soft” (see plane (n.1)).
pianoforte [(pee-an-uh-fawrt, pee-an-uh-fawr-tay)]
The full name of the piano, the common musical instrument with a board of black and white keys, eighty-eight in all. The keys operate hammers that strike wires. Pianoforte is Italian for “soft-loud”; it received this name because its level of loudness depends on how hard the player strikes the keys.
noun 1. a long narrow hinge that runs the full length of the two surfaces to which its leaves are joined.
[pee-uh-noh-luh] /ˌpi əˈnoʊ lə/ Trademark. 1. a brand of player piano. noun 2. (lowercase) Bridge. a hand, as a laydown, that is very easy to play. 3. (lowercase) something that is very easy to do or accomplish. /pɪəˈnəʊlə/ noun 1. trademark a type of mechanical piano in which the keys are depressed by air pressure […]
- Piano legs
noun phrase Thick calves and ankles: Claudia Schiffer, the Bardot look-alike with a slight case of piano legs, stumps down the runway appallingly clumsy (1960s+)
[pyah-naw naw-bee-le] /ˈpyɑ nɔ ˈnɔ bi lɛ/ noun, plural piani nobili [pyah-nee naw-bee-lee] /ˈpyɑ ni ˈnɔ bi li/ (Show IPA). Italian. 1. the principal story of a large building, as of a palace or villa. /ˈpjɑːnəʊ ˈnəʊbɪlɪ/ noun 1. (architect) the main floor of a large house, containing the reception rooms: usually of lofty proportions