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gamelan Tweet Definition of gamelan Like Definition of gamelan on Facebook
noun
  1. A genre of music of Indonesian origin typically featuring metallophones, xylophones, drums, gongs and a bamboo flute (called a siuling).
  2. The name of the ensemble performing this style of music.
gangsta rap Tweet Definition of gangsta rap Like Definition of gangsta rap on Facebook
noun
  1. a subgenre of hip-hop music associated with urban street gangs; often contains violent misogynistic or homophobic lyrics
gavotte Tweet Definition of gavotte Like Definition of gavotte on Facebook
noun
  1. A French dance, either in 4/4 or 2/2 time.
G clef Tweet Definition of G clef Like Definition of G clef on Facebook
noun
  1. the treble clef
German Tweet Definition of German Like Definition of German on Facebook
noun <section begin=deNoun1def />
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  1. An inhabitant of Germany; a person of German descent.
<section end=deNoun1def /> proper noun
  1. An Indo-European language, primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Sí¼dtirol and Switzerland and a small part of Belgium.
adjective
  1. Relating to the country of Germany or to the German language.
gig Tweet Definition of gig Like Definition of gig on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) A two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage.
  2. (archaic) A forked spear for catching fish, frogs, or other small animals.
  3. (colloquial) A performing engagement by a musical group.
I caught one of the Rolling Stones' first gigs in Richmond
  1. (colloquial) Any temporary job.
I had this as a file clerk but it wasn't my style so I left
  1. (rare) A six-oared sea rowing boat commonly found in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
verb (gigs, gigging, gigged)
  1. To catch with a gig.
  2. To engage in musical performances.
The Stones were gigging around Richmond at the time
  1. To make fun of; to make a joke at someone's expense, often condescending.
His older cousin was just gigging him about being in love with that girl from school.
Gimel Tweet Definition of Gimel Like Definition of Gimel on Facebook
noungimel
  1. The third letter of the Hebrew alphabet, ×’.
proper noun
  1. A Swiss comune.
giocoso Tweet Definition of giocoso Like Definition of giocoso on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) merry; playful.
glide Tweet Definition of glide Like Definition of glide on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of gliding.
  2. (linguistics) semivowel, Semivowel
  3. (fencing) An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent"s blade, keeping it in constant contact.
verb (glides, gliding, glid, glid or glidden) (glides, gliding, glided or (archaic) glode, glided or (archaic) glode)
  1. (intransitive) To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.
  2. (intransitive) To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft.
  3. (transitive) To cause to glide.
glissando Tweet Definition of glissando Like Definition of glissando on Facebook
noun (glissandi)
  1. (music) A musical term that refers to either a continuous sliding one pitch to another (or "true" glissando), or an incidental scale played while moving from one melodic note to another (or "effective" glissando).
glockenspiel Tweet Definition of glockenspiel Like Definition of glockenspiel on Facebook
noun
  1. a musical instrument of the percussion family of instruments, like the xylophone, it has tuned bars arranged like the keys on a piano, and is also smaller in size and higher in pitch.
Gloria Tweet Definition of Gloria Like Definition of Gloria on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female)
gong Tweet Definition of gong Like Definition of gong on Facebook
noun (gongs)
  1. (musici) a percussion instrument consisting of a metal disk that emits a sonorous sound when struck with a soft hammer
  2. a medal or award
Gospel Tweet Definition of Gospel Like Definition of Gospel on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Christianity) (alternative spelling of, gospel)
Gothic Tweet Definition of Gothic Like Definition of Gothic on Facebook
nounGoth"ic
  1. an extinct language, once spoken by the Goths in what is now Ukraine and Bulgaria.
adjective or gothic
  1. of or related to the Goth, Goths.
  2. of or related to the architecture, architectural style favored in western Europe in the 12th to 16th centuries.
  3. of or related to the goth subculture or lifestyle.
  4. of or related to a style of fictional writing emphasizing violent or macabre events in a mysterious, desolate setting.
  5. of a style of elaborate calligraphy based on medieval writing, also called black letter.
  6. (typography) of a sans serif typeface using straight, even-width lines, also called typesetters gothic.
Grace Tweet Definition of Grace Like Definition of Grace on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) from the noun grace
grace note Tweet Definition of grace note Like Definition of grace note on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) A note or group of notes written in smaller print, with or without a slash through it, to indicate that its note value does not count as part of the total time value of the measure.
grand Tweet Definition of grand Like Definition of grand on Facebook
noun (grand)
  1. (US, colloquial) One thousand dollars.
  2. One thousand pounds sterling.
adjective
  1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence, relatively great; greatest; chief; principal; as, a grand mountain; a grand army; a grand mistake.
  2. Great in size, and fine or imposing in appearance or impression; illustrious, dignifled, or noble (said of persons); majestic, splendid, magnificent, or sublime (said of things); as, a grand monarch; a grand lord; a grand general; a grand view; a grand conception.
  3. Having higher rank or more dignity, size, or importance than other persons or things of the same name; as, a grand lodge; a grand vizier; a grand piano, etc.
  4. Standing in the second or some more remote degree of parentage or descent; -- generalIy used in composition; as, grandfather, grandson, grandchild, etc.
grave Tweet Definition of grave Like Definition of grave on Facebook
noun
  1. An accent used in French, Italian and other languages. è is an e with a grave accent.
verb (graves, graving, graved or grove, graved or graven)
  1. (transitive) To dig. (Obs.) w:Geoffrey Chaucer, Chaucer.
He hath graven and digged up a pit. "Ps. VII 16 (w:Book of Prayer, Book of Prayer).
  1. (transitive) To carve or cut, as letters or figures, on some hard substance; to engrave.
Thou shalt take two onyx stones, and on them the names of the children of Israel. "Ex. XXVIII.,9.
This be the verse you for me / &ldquo;Here he lies where he longs to be&rdquo; " w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Stevenson, Requiem
  1. (transitive) To carve out or give shape to, by cutting with a chisel; to sculpture; as, to grave an image.
With gold men may the hearte . "w:Geoffrey Chaucer, Chaucer.
  1. (transitive) To impress deeply (on the mind); to fix indelibly.
O! may they graven in thy heart remain. "w:Matthew Prior, Prior.
  1. (transitive) To entomb; to bury. (Obs.) "w:Geoffrey Chaucer, Chaucer.
Lie full low, graved in the hollow ground. "w:William Shakespeare, Shakespeare.
  1. (context, transitive, nautical) To clean, as a vessel's bottom, of barnacles, grass, etc., and pay it over with pitch " so called because graves or greaves was formerly used for this purpose.
  2. (intransitive) To write or delineate on hard substances, by means of incised lines; to practice engraving.
adjective (graver, gravest)
  1. (obsolete) Of great weight; heavy; ponderous.
His shield and great. "w:George Chapman, Chapman.
  1. Of importance; momentous; weighty; influential; sedate; serious; said of character, relations, etc.; as, grave deportment, character, influence, etc.
Most potent, , and reverend seigniors. "w:William Shakespeare, Shakespeare.
A and prudent law, full of moral equity. "W:John Milton, Milton.
  1. Not light or gay; solemn; sober; plain; as, a grave color; a grave face.
  2. (music) Not acute or sharp; low; deep; -- said of sound; as, a grave note or key.
The thicker the cord or string, the more is the note or tone. "w:Moore, Moore (Encyc. of Music).
  1. (music) Slow and solemn in movement.
:: {Grave accent}. (Pron.) See the Note under Accent, n., 2.
Gregorian chant Tweet Definition of Gregorian chant Like Definition of Gregorian chant on Facebook
noun
  1. Style of unaccompanied monotonic singing in the Catholic Church.
ground Tweet Definition of ground Like Definition of ground on Facebook
noun
  1. The surface of the Earth.
  2. terrain, Terrain.
  3. soil, Soil, earth.
The worm crawls through the .
  1. The bottom of a body of water.
  2. basis, Basis, foundation, groundwork, legwork.
  3. background, Background, context, framework, surroundings.
  4. A soccer stadium.
Manchester United's is known as Old Trafford.
  1. An electrical conductor connected to the ground.
    • The British equivalent is earth.
      1. A level of electrical potential used as a zero reference.
      2. (cricket) The area of grass on which a match is played (a cricket field); the entire arena in which it is played; that part of the field behind a batsman's popping crease where he can not be run out (hence to make one's ground)
verb
  1. To connect (an electrical conductor or device) to a ground.
  2. (transitive) To require a disobedient child to remain at home, usually as a punishment.
The teenager's father decided to ground him for two weeks after he broke curfew again.
  1. (transitive) To forbid (an aircraft or pilot) to fly.
Becasue of the bad weather, all flights were grounded.
  1. (baseball) to hit a ground ball; to hit a ground ball which results in an out. Compare fly (verb(regular)) and line (verb).
Jones grounded to second in his last at-bat.
  1. (cricket) (of a batsman) to place his bat, or part of his body, on the ground behind the popping crease so as not to be run out
group Tweet Definition of group Like Definition of group on Facebook
noun
  1. A number of things or persons being in some relation to one another.
There is a of houses behind the hill.
A of people gathered in front of the Parliament to demonstrate against the Prime Minister's proposals.
He left town to join a Communist
  1. (grouptheory) A set with an associative binary operation, under which there exists an identity element, and such that each element has an inverse.
  2. A (usually small) group of people who perform music together.
Did you see the new jazz ?
  1. (astronomy) A small number (up to about fifty) of galaxy, galaxies that are near each other.
  2. (chemistry) A column in the periodic table of chemical elements.
  3. (chemistry) A functional entity consisting of certain atoms whose presence provides a certain property to a molecule, such as the methyl group.
  4. (sociology) A subset of a culture or of a society.
  5. (military) An air force formation.
  6. (geology) A collection of formations or rock strata.
  7. (computing) In the Unix operating system, a number of users with same rights with respect to accession, modification, and execution of files, computers and peripherals.
verb
  1. (transitive) To put together to form a group.
growl Tweet Definition of growl Like Definition of growl on Facebook
noun
  1. The deep, threatening sound made in the throat by an animal; a grumbling sound.
  2. The sound made by a hungry stomach.
verb
  1. (intransitive) To utter a deep guttural sound, as an angry animal; to give forth an angry, grumbling sound.
  2. (transitive) To express (something) by growling.
guitar Tweet Definition of guitar Like Definition of guitar on Facebook
noun
  1. A stringed musical instrument, usually with fretted fingerboard and 6 strings, played with the fingers or a plectrum (guitar pick).
gutbucket Tweet Definition of gutbucket Like Definition of gutbucket on Facebook
noun
  1. a washtub bass

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