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  1. music box

    • noun

      a small box that plays a tune, typically when the lid is opened. A traditional music box contains a cylinder, turned by clockwork, with projecting teeth that pluck a row of tuned metal strips as it revolves.
    • noun

      a kind of music incorporating elements of rhythm and blues and gospel music, popularized by African-Americans. Characterized by an emphasis on vocals and an impassioned improvisatory delivery, it is associated with performers such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Otis Redding.
    • noun

      music that originates in traditional popular culture or that is written in such a style. Folk music is typically of unknown authorship and is transmitted orally from generation to generation.
    • noun

      music springing from and identified with a particular culture, typically that of the West Indies.
    • noun

      instrumental music composed purely as music, and not intended to represent or illustrate something else.
    • noun

      music that is intended to evoke images or convey the impression of events.
    • noun

      a videotaped performance of a recorded popular song, usually accompanied by dancing and visual images interpreting the lyrics.
    • noun

      music used in a film or play as a background to create or enhance a particular atmosphere.
    • noun

      bland recorded background music played in public places.
    • noun

      music popular among or played by black people, especially jazz and blues.
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