Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEF

This was what has since become the fourth line, the clef line, of the bass stave.

After a change of clef in the middle of a score this is, of course, not necessary.

She was so tall the girls always considered her in that clef.

They could only be written (as they are yet) in one clef—namely, the F clef.

Clef, klef, n. a musical character placed on the staff by which the absolute pitch of the notes is fixed.

The clef is here changed to its lowest, and the little book is a lot of tremolos about old age, death, and faith.

In olden days any clef line might be taken with any number of lines above and below.

Le Tarot Divinatoire: Clef du tirage des cartes et des sorts.

It will be noted that in each case the line on which the clef is placed represents "middle C."

He also observes that this oratorio is the first work in which the proper sharps and flats are generally placed at the clef.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s in a musical sense, "character on a staff to indicate its name and pitch," from Middle French clef (12c.) "key, musical clef, trigger," from a figurative or transferred use of classical Latin clavis, which had only the literally sense "key" (see slot (n.2)). In the Middle Ages, the Latin word was used in the Guidonian system for "the lowest note of a scale," which is its basis (see keynote). The most common is the treble, violin, or G-clef, which crosses on the second line of the staff, denoting that as the G above middle C on the piano.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLEF

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.