Notes are the "atoms" of much Western music: discretizations of musical phenomena that facilitate performance, comprehension, and analysis.

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  1. Use; employment.
  2. Utility; profit; advantage; foredeal; benefit; pains.
  3. Affair, matter, concern.
  4. Business; undertaking; task, duty; purpose.
  5. The giving of milk by a cow or sow; the period following calving or farrowing during which a cow or sow gives milk; the milk given by a cow or sow during such a period.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality.
  2. A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
  3. A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation.
  4. A brief piece of writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute.
  5. A short informal letter; a billet.
  6. A diplomatic missive or written communication.
  7. A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment; as, a promissory note; a note of hand; a negotiable note.
  8. A list of items or of charges; an account.
  9. A piece of paper money; a banknote.
  10. A small size of paper used for writing letters or notes.
  11. A character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch.
  12. A musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune.
  13. A key of the piano or organ.
  14. Observation; notice; heed.
  15. Reputation; distinction.
  16. Notification; information; intelligence.
  17. Stigma; brand; reproach.


  1. To use; make use of; employ.
  2. To use for food; eat.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To notice with care; to observe; to remark; to heed
    If you look to the left, you can note the old cathedral
  2. To record in writing; to make a memorandum of.
    We noted his speech.
  3. To denote; to designate
  4. To annotate
  5. To set down in musical characters.

Verb (etymology 3)


Verb (etymology 4)

  1. To butt; to push with the horns.

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