Definition 1 (Musical Dynamic): Play Softly;

Abbreviation: (p);


Piano is often abbreviated to in music instruction, demonstrating that the passage of music should be played softly. 

Etymology: see Pianoforte below.

Category: Musical Instrument;

Definition: The Piano (full name Pianoforte) is a keyboard instrument consisting of black and white notes, known for its ability to play the full dynamical range from soft to loud, 

Etymology: Pianoforte comes from Italian piano (“soft”) and forte (“loud”) and was named as such due the improved range of dynamics it produced when compared to earlier instruments such as the clavichord and harpsichord.