player piano

noun

Definition of player piano

: a piano containing a mechanism by which it plays automatically

Examples of player piano in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then came player piano rolls, vinyl records, CDs and now streaming, innovations that whittled the tangible contribution to music down to almost nothing. Greg Ip, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2020 That digital stream could be reverse-programmed into the animation in a way that worked almost like a player piano signaling to the animators which key was being played with each note. New York Times, 25 Dec. 2020 The physics teacher, Jack Gibbs, is working on a history of the player piano—a project Gaddis himself labored over throughout his life—that has grown out of control. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 At the Curran, in another sellout, the San Francisco Symphony debuted a performance on a mechanical player piano, executing a preprogramed performance from star pianist Harold Bauer. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, 30 Aug. 2020 Perhaps there’s some in the back game room, where a billiards table is serenaded by a working player piano alongside the original bar from the St. Regis Hotel in New York. Tim Latterner, House Beautiful, 13 Aug. 2020 In 2019, for example, the DOJ vacated consent decrees having to do with competition in the horseshoe, player piano, and phonograph sectors. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2020 There wasn’t a player piano in sight during the premiere episode, only sleek high rises and hovercraft. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2020 The amusement park is auctioning hundreds of historic items, from a fortune-teller machine to a player piano to 1980s-era arcade games. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of player piano

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of player piano was in 1905

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“Player piano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/player%20piano. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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player piano

noun

English Language Learners Definition of player piano

: a piano that is played by a machine inside the piano

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