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Noun: piano  pee'aa-now or pee'a-now
  1. A keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
    - pianoforte, forte-piano
  2. (music) low loudness
    - pianissimo
Adjective: piano  pee'aa-now or pee'a-now
  1. (used chiefly as a direction or description in music) soft; in a quiet, subdued tone
    "the piano passages in the composition";
    - soft
Adverb: piano  pee'aa-now or pee'a-now
  1. Used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
    - softly

Derived forms: pianos

See also: pianissimo, pianissimo assai

Type of: keyboard instrument, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, softness, stringed instrument

Antonym: forte

Encyclopedia: Piano, Upper Corsica