player piano

player pianos
A player piano is a type of mechanical piano. When you press the pedals, air is forced through holes in a roll of paper to press the keys and play a tune. [mainly AM]
(in BRIT, usually use pianola)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • player piano — ☆ player piano n. a piano that can play automatically by means of a built in pneumatic mechanism that depresses the keys in response to signals on a perforated roll …   English World dictionary

  • Player piano — The player piano is a self playing piano, containing a pneumatic mechanism that plays on the piano action pre programmed music via perforated paper rolls. The rise of the player piano grew with the rise of the mass produced piano in the house and …   Wikipedia

  • player piano — a piano that can play automatically when the keys are actuated electronically or by a pneumatic device controlled by a piano roll. [1900 05, Amer.] * * * Piano that mechanically plays music encoded as perforations on a paper roll. An early… …   Universalium

  • player piano — noun a mechanically operated piano that uses a roll of perforated paper to activate the keys • Syn: ↑mechanical piano, ↑Pianola • Hypernyms: ↑piano, ↑pianoforte, ↑forte piano * * * noun, pl ⋯ nos [count] : a piano that is played by a machin …   Useful english dictionary

  • player piano — player pi ano n a piano that is played by machinery inside it. A long roll of paper with holes cut in it gradually turns and works the machinery, pressing down the ↑keys on the piano to produce music = ↑pianola …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Player piano — Die American Piano Company oder kurz Ampico in East Rochester (N.Y.) war ein bekannter US amerikanischer Hersteller von automatischen Klavieren hoher Qualität, ab 1913 auch von Reproduktions Klavieren. Die American Piano Company wurde 1908 durch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • player piano — play′er pian′o n. mad a piano using a mechanical player • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • player piano — noun Date: 1907 a piano containing a mechanism by which it plays automatically …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • player piano — noun An acoustic piano which is automatically played (mechanically) …   Wiktionary

  • player piano — noun a piano fitted with a pneumatic apparatus enabling it to be played automatically by means of a rotating perforated roll signalling the notes to be played …   English new terms dictionary

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