middle C

noun

Definition of middle C

: the note designated by the first ledger line below the treble staff and the first above the bass staff

Examples of middle C in a Sentence

the note above middle C
Recent Examples on the Web Measurements of owls in flight show that their wings mute only frequencies higher than 1,600 hertz (on a piano, two-and-a-half octaves above middle C). Dana Mackenzie, Smithsonian Magazine, "To Silence Wind Turbines and Airplanes, Engineers Are Studying Owl Wings," 15 Apr. 2020 For example, middle C, or C4, is 261.63 hertz, while C5, one octave up, is 523.25 hertz. Quanta Magazine, "Perceptions of Musical Octaves Are Learned, Not Wired in the Brain," 30 Oct. 2019 For example, the middle C on a piano does not sound the same as the middle C on a guitar, a violin or a flute because these objects each vibrate in a complex way. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Crash, Clunk, Thump--Let's Make Some Noise!," 19 Apr. 2018 At the center of his art was that dazzling physicality and the percussiveness of his playing — his deep, serene, Ellingtonian chords and hummingbird attacks above middle C — which held true well into his 80s. Ben Ratliff, BostonGlobe.com, "Cecil Taylor, 89, pianist who moved beyond jazz idiom," 7 Apr. 2018 But the words have the undeniable ring of truth to them, the way middle C does. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "If I Stay Author Gayle Forman Shares an Excerpt From Her New YA Novel," 18 Jan. 2018 An intensely shaking head—vibrating at middle C—vibrates against the teeth and gums when moved around my mouth. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, "The Quest for the Best Electric Toothbrush," 13 Nov. 2017 At the center of his art was that dazzling physicality and the percussiveness of his playing — his deep, serene, Ellingtonian chords and hummingbird attacks above middle C — which held true well into his 80s. Ben Ratliff, BostonGlobe.com, "Cecil Taylor, 89, pianist who moved beyond jazz idiom," 7 Apr. 2018 At the center of his art was that dazzling physicality and the percussiveness of his playing — his deep, serene, Ellingtonian chords and hummingbird attacks above middle C — which held true well into his 80s. Ben Ratliff, BostonGlobe.com, "Cecil Taylor, 89, pianist who moved beyond jazz idiom," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of middle C

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Middle C.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20C. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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middle C

noun

English Language Learners Definition of middle C

music : the musical note C that is close to the center of a piano's keyboard

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