The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Music \Mu"sic\, n. [F. musique, fr. L. musica, Gr. ? (sc. ?),
any art over which the Muses presided, especially music,
lyric poetry set and sung to music, fr. ? belonging to Muses
or fine arts, fr. ? Muse.]
1. The science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i.
e., sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform
and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various
degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which
treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties,
dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art
of combining tones in a manner to please the ear.
Note: Not all sounds are tones. Sounds may be unmusical and
yet please the ear. Music deals with tones, and with no
other sounds. See Tone.
(a) Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable
succession of tones.
(b) Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous
3. The written and printed notation of a musical composition;
4. Love of music; capacity of enjoying music.
The man that hath no music in himself
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. --Shak.
5. (Zool.) A more or less musical sound made by many of the
lower animals. See Stridulation.
Magic music, a game in which a person is guided in finding
a hidden article, or in doing a specific art required, by
music which is made more loud or rapid as he approaches
success, and slower as he recedes. --Tennyson.
Music box. See Musical box, under Musical.
Music hall, a place for public musical entertainments.
Music loft, a gallery for musicians, as in a dancing room
or a church.
Music of the spheres, the harmony supposed to be produced
by the accordant movement of the celestial spheres.
Music paper, paper ruled with the musical staff, for the
use of composers and copyists.
Music pen, a pen for ruling at one time the five lines of
the musical staff.
Music shell (Zool.), a handsomely colored marine gastropod
shell (Voluta musica) found in the East Indies; -- so
called because the color markings often resemble printed
music. Sometimes applied to other shells similarly marked.
To face the music, to meet any disagreeable necessity, such
as a reprimand for an error or misdeed, without flinching.
[Colloq. or Slang]