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 for Grand piano
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grand \Grand\ (gr[a^]nd), a. [Compar. Grander
     (gr[a^]nd"[~e]r); superl. Grandest.] [OE. grant, grount,
     OF. grant, F. grand, fr. L. grandis; perh. akin to gravis
     heavy, E. grave, a. Cf. Grandee.]
     1. Of large size or extent; great; extensive; hence,
        relatively great; greatest; chief; principal; as, a grand
        mountain; a grand army; a grand mistake. "Our grand foe,
        Satan." --Milton.
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              Making so bold . . . to unseal
              Their grand commission.               --Shak.
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     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.
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              They are the highest models of expression, the
              unapproached
              masters of the grand style.           --M. Arnold.
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     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.
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     4. Standing in the second or some more remote degree of
        parentage or descent; -- generalIy used in composition;
        as, grandfather, grandson, grandchild, etc.
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              What cause
              Mov'd our grand parents, in that happy state,
              Favor'd of Heaven so highly, to fall off
              From their Creator.                   --Milton.
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     Grand action, a pianoforte action, used in grand pianos, in
        which special devices are employed to obtain perfect
        action of the hammer in striking and leaving the string.
        
  
     Grand Army of the Republic, an organized voluntary
        association of men who served in the Union army or navy
        during the civil war in the United States. The order has
        chapters, called Posts, throughout the country.
  
     Grand paunch, a glutton or gourmand. [Obs.] --Holland.
  
     Grand pensionary. See under Pensionary.
  
     Grand piano (Mus.), a large piano, usually harp-shaped, in
        which the wires or strings are generally triplicated,
        increasing the power, and all the mechanism is introduced
        in the most effective manner, regardless of the size of
        the instrument.
  
     Grand relief (Sculp.), alto relievo.
  
     Grand Seignior. See under Seignior.
  
     Grand stand, the principal stand, or erection for
        spectators, at a, race course, etc.
  
     Grand vicar (Eccl.), a principal vicar; an ecclesiastical
        delegate in France.
  
     Grand vizier. See under Vizier.
  
     Syn: Magnificent; sublime; majestic; dignified; elevated;
          stately; august; pompous; lofty; eralted; noble.
  
     Usage: Grand, Magnificent, Sublime. Grand, in reference to
            objects of taste, is applied to that which expands the
            mind by a sense of vastness and majesty; magnificent
            is applied to anything which is imposing from its
            splendor; sublime describes that which is awful and
            elevating. A cataract is grand; a rich and varied
            landscape is magnificent; an overhanging precipice is
            sublime. "Grandeur admits of degrees and
            modifications; but magnificence is that which has
            already reached the highest degree of superiority
            naturally belonging to the object in question."
            --Crabb.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Piano \Pi*an"o\, Pianoforte \Pi*an"o*for`te\, n. [It. piano soft
     (fr. L. planus even, smooth; see Plain, a.) + It. forte
     strong, fr. L. fortis (see Fort).] (Mus.)
     A well-known musical instrument somewhat resembling the
     harpsichord, and consisting of a series of wires of graduated
     length, thickness, and tension, struck by hammers moved by
     keys.
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     Dumb piano. See Digitorium.
  
     Grand piano. See under Grand.
  
     Square piano, one with a horizontal frame and an oblong
        case.
  
     Upright piano, one with an upright frame and vertical
        wires.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  grand piano
      n 1: a piano with the strings on a horizontal harp-shaped frame;
           usually supported by three legs [syn: grand piano,
           grand]

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