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clef


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clef  \Clef\  (kl[e^]f;  277),  n.  [F.  clef  key,  a  key  in  music,  fr 
  L.  clavis  key.  See  {Clavicle}.]  (Mus.) 
  A  character  used  in  musical  notation  to  determine  the 
  position  and  pitch  of  the  scale  as  represented  on  the  staff. 
 
  Note:  The  clefs  are  three  in  number,  called  the  C,  F,  and  G 
  clefs,  and  are  probably  corruptions  or  modifications  of 
  these  letters.  They  indicate  that  the  letters  of 
  absolute  pitch  belonging  to  the  lines  upon  which  they 
  are  placed,  are  respectively  C,  F,  and  G.  The  F  or  bass 
  clef,  and  the  G  or  treble  clef,  are  fixed  in  their 
  positions  upon  the  staff.  The  C  clef  may  have  three 
  positions.  It  may  be  placed  upon  the  first  or  lower 
  line  of  the  staff,  in  which  case  it  is  called  soprano 
  clef,  upon  the  third  line  in  which  case  it  called  alto 
  clef,  or  upon  the  fourth  line  in  which  case  tenor 
  clef.  It  rarely  or  never  is  placed  upon  the  second 
  line  except  in  ancient  music.  See  other  forms  of  C 
  clef  under  C,  2. 
 
  {Alto  clef},  {Bass  clef}.  See  under  {Alto},  {Bass}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clef 
  n  :  a  musical  notation  written  on  a  staff  indicating  the  pitch 
  of  the  notes  following  it 




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