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[n] musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
[n] punishment for one's actions; "you have to face the music"; "take your medicine"
[n] any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds; "he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"
[n] the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
[n] a musical composition in printed or written form; "she turned the pages of the music as he played"
[n] an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Misc. Definitions

\Mu"sic\, 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}.
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 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}. {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} (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 similarly marked. {To face the music}, to meet any disagreeable necessity without flinching. [Colloq. or Slang]

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