- A musical instrument with a manual keyboard actuating hammers that strike wire strings, producing sounds that may be softened or sustained by means of pedals. (noun)
- In a soft or quiet tone. Used chiefly as a direction. (adverb)
- A passage to be played softly or quietly. (noun)
- A musical stringed instrument resembling a harp set in a vertical or horizontal frame, played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike the strings and produce audible vibrations (noun)
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