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.
5. (Science: zoology) 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. Music box. See Mus a7c ical 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.
(Science: zoology) Music shell, a handsomely coloured marine gastropod shell (voluta musica) found in the East Indies; so called because the colour markings often resemble printed music. Sometimes applied to other shells similarly marked. To face the music, to meet any disagreeable necessity without flinching.
Origin: 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.