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choir

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v choir sing in a choir
    • n choir the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave
    • n choir a chorus that sings as part of a religious ceremony
    • n choir a family of similar musical instrument playing together
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Christian theology there are nine choirs of angels. From highest to lowest, they are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
    • Choir A band or organized company of singers, especially in church service.
    • Choir That part of a church appropriated to the singers.
    • Choir (Arch) The chancel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n choir Any company of singers.
    • n choir An organized company of singers. Especially, such a company employed in church service.
    • n choir A choral society, especially one that performs sacred music. In eight-part music a chorus is divided into first and second choirs. In the Anglican Church, an official body consisting of the minor canons, the choral vicars, and the choristers connected with a cathedral, whose function is to perform the daily choral service. Such a choir is divided into two sections, called decani and cantoris, sitting on the right and left sides respectively; of these the decani side forms the leading or principal section. See cantoris, decani.
    • n choir That part of a church which is, or is considered as, appropriated for the use of the singers. In churches of fully developed plan, that part between the nave and the apse which is reserved for canons, priests, monks, and choristers during divine service. In cruciform churches the choir usually begins at the transepts and occupies the head of the cross, including the altar (see cut under cathedral); but sometimes, especially in monastic churches, it extends beyond the transepts, thus encroaching upon the nave. In churches without transepts the choir is similarly placed. In medieval examples, especially after 1250, it was usually surrounded by an ornamental barrier or grating (see choir-screen), and separated from the nave by a rood-screen. See chancel.
    • n choir A company; a band, originally of persons dancing to music: loosely applied to an assembly for any ceremonial purpose.
    • n choir Formerly and still occasionally quire.
    • choir To sing in company.
    • n choir All that part of a cruciform church which is beyond, eastward of or farther from the main entrance than the transept; the eastern arm of the cross: so named because the choir proper (see def. 3) is usually in that part of the church and occupies nearly all of it. Thus, without reference to the interior, one may say of a great church that the choir is fourteenth-century work, while the nave and transepts remain twelfth-century, as at Tournai in Belgium.
    • n choir A group of instruments of the same class or of related organ-stops, as a trombone choir, a diapason choir, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Choir kwīr a chorus or band of singers, esp. those belonging to a church: the part of a church appropriated to the singers: the part of a cathedral separated from the nave by a rail or screen
    • v.i Choir (Shak.) to sing in chorus
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Quotations

  • Fred A. Allen
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    “The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.”

Idioms

Preaching to the choir - If someone preaches to the choir, they talking about a subject or issue with which their audience already agrees. ('Preaching to the converted' is an alternative form.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. quer, OF. cuer, F. chœur, fr. L. chorus, a choral dance, chorus, choir, fr. Gr., orig. dancing place; prob. akin to inclosure, L. hortus, garden, and E. yard,. See Chorus

Usage

In literature:

In general the seminary reinforced the choir, and rendered by this imposing choir they rolled on majestically sustained by the grand organ.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
The nephew, Joseph Haydn by name, had only lately come into the choir-master's family.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Boulin, Arnold, carves choir of Amiens Cathedral, 92 n. iv.
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
Choir boys are so pretty.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The choir entrance, at the intersection of the choir and south transept, is not remarkable, and need not detain us.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral" by George Worley
The choir screen was put up by Bishop Stapledon (1465), but its height and effectiveness are sadly marred by the great organ placed upon it.
"Exeter" by Sidney Heath
At Mortain the same simple arcade runs round nave, choir, and apse without break of any kind.
"Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine" by Edward A. Freeman
For a long time previously the outer walls of the south choir aisle and south choir transept had occasioned great anxiety.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
The names and inscriptions will be found in the account of the interior of the present Choir.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul" by Arthur Dimock
All three of us were permitted by Mrs. Handsomebody to join the Cathedral choir.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
It was some of them ducks that sing in the choir.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
There is one church choir in Milwaukee that is about as near perfect as a choir can be.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
When one of the choir-boys sang 'Oh for the wings of a dove!
"A Cathedral Courtship" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
This will be noted also in the east window of the choir and elsewhere.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
The choir is composed of six lay-clerks and twelve choristers.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
The funeral services were held in the St. Peter Presbyterian Church, where Johnson sang in the choir when a boy.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Then the choir came slowly up the aisle singing lustily a Christmas hymn.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Then from an inner chamber came the solemn tones of an organ and the full voices of a choir.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Though the nave is like that of Santiago, the transepts and choir are much simpler.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
Parallel to the choir on the southern side is a chapter-house.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
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In poetry:

And now the tale is newly said,
Of sad and sweet,
And now the unseen choir have fled
With twinkling feet.
"The Clavichord" by Dollie Radford
I love her sweeps of distance,
Her drowsy miraged seas,
Her choirs of singing songsters,
Her weeping bannered trees.
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
I hear thee--oh! I hear thee,
In the melting music-words,
That swell, at joyous morning,
From the woodland choir of birds.
"I Love Thee" by James Avis Bartley
Thus the bard of love departed;
And, fulfilling his desire,
On his tomb the birds were feasted
By the children of the choir.
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
No prophet cleaves our western sky
On wheels of whirling fire;
No shepherds hear the song on high
Of heaven's angelic choir.
"A Memorial tribute" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I mourn with thee, and yet rejoice
That thou shouldst sorrow so;
With angel choirs I join my voice
To bless the sinner's woe.
"The Penitent" by Anne Bronte

In news:

The Vancouver Chamber Choir is Canada's top vocal ensemble.
First Presbyterian Church 1515 W Charleston Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.384.4554 Service times are 8:30 am & 11:am Festival will be lead by choir, organ, bass & extensive involvement by congregation.
"How Sweet the Sound" national church choir competition.
National church choir competition.
Newport Nazarene Church hosts open choir and orchestra.
Disguised in the form of the New Birth Choir and Pilgrim Lodge Baptist Church Choir, a rejoicing and high praise began the afternoon for members and visiting friends.
When asked what they see in a picture of a church choir, the students answer "kids," "diversity," "beauty" and "Bible.".
Along with the presentation of diplomas, the ceremony will include the awarding of scholarships, addresses by seniors Heather Albrecht and Kimberly Hess, and performances by the band and choir.
The Jeanne B McCoy Community Center for the Arts on Oct 28 will host a "dark" performance of seasonal music performed by the New Albany Chorus, New Albany Community Band and New Albany High School a capella choir.
Concerto #3 a Due Cori in F (for 2 Choirs of Instruments).
Paw Community Choir to offer up Christmas classics during Dec 2 concert.
Evangel's Homecoming Banquet features Concert Choir, Concert Orch .
Choir and Orchestra cover 'Call Me Maybe' Musicians Colin Britt and Arianne Abela arrange an orchestral /choral version of the Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' for the 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra in Haven, Conn.
The last collaboration between the Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas' superb professional chamber choir, and Houston's period-instruments ensemble Ars Lyrica, for a 2010 Monteverdi Vespers, was this critic's choice for concert of the year.
The 9 and 11 am services will feature the congregation's choir and the Suncoast Brass.
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In science:

We will call this execution model the ‘choir model’: with the image in mind of songtext distributed at the beginning to all the singers which precisely defines when to sing which tune, where to loop (and how often), etc.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
For evident reasons, the choir model is the dominant model for parallelized number crunching.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
In particular, as soon as there is any way how program flow could depend on nonpredictable external input (such as, for example, provided interactively by a human user), the choir model no longer can be applied.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
One could call this the ‘organ model’ (in contrast to the ‘choir model’) of parallel execution: the computation utilizes hardware that is spread out over a large area, and the musician has full freedom to interweave at will and from a central console both programming (using organ stops) and playing.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
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