glass harmonica

noun

Definition of glass harmonica

: a musical instrument consisting of a series of rotating glass bowls of differing sizes played by touching the dampened edges with a finger

Examples of glass harmonica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 10 years later, Benjamin Franklin—one of the founding fathers of the United States—invented a mechanical version of the glass harp, called the glass harmonica. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Singing Glasses," 26 Nov. 2015 Ethereal notes of a glass harmonica, its sound resembling that of clinking glasses, tinkled as incense wafted through the air. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 Playing vocal tag with the eerie glass harmonica, lying on her back to sing a vocalise of erotic ecstasy, her voice bloomed with radiant allure, and Lucia was herself at last. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O18 Review: Arias and Alzheimer’s," 28 Sep. 2018 Giselle responds to sudden flourishes from the flute (or glass harmonica), as if hearing calls from the beyond. New York Times, "They’ve Come Undone: Giselle, Lucia and Romantic Madness," 10 May 2018 These innovations were among a familiar list of discoveries and inventions we credit to his genius: electrical conduction, the Franklin stove, the glass harmonica. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "Between Fact and Imagination," 28 June 2019 Ethereal notes of a glass harmonica, its sound resembling that of clinking glasses, tinkled as incense wafted through the air. National Geographic, "Was this hypnotic health craze an elaborate hoax or a medical breakthrough?," 5 Mar. 2019 Playing vocal tag with the eerie glass harmonica, lying on her back to sing a vocalise of erotic ecstasy, her voice bloomed with radiant allure, and Lucia was herself at last. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O18 Review: Arias and Alzheimer’s," 28 Sep. 2018 Giselle responds to sudden flourishes from the flute (or glass harmonica), as if hearing calls from the beyond. New York Times, "They’ve Come Undone: Giselle, Lucia and Romantic Madness," 10 May 2018

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Glass harmonica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glass%20harmonica. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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