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semiclassical Syllabification: sem·i·clas·si·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌsemēˈklasikəl/ /ˌsemˌī-/

Definition of semiclassical in English:


1(Of music) having elements both of classical music and of other more popular genres.
Example sentences
  • They've continually broken new ground, arranging traditional tunes in a semi-classical way, then going on to write their own material for a variety of films.
  • It's hard to pull out one single track for mention since the album is mostly classical or semi-classical music and is meant to be heard in its entirety.
  • Every musician has a background of classical semi-classical or folk music which enables him to compose new tunes and melodies.
2 Physics (Of a theory or method) intermediate between a classical or Newtonian description and one based on quantum mechanics or relativity.
Example sentences
  • It remains the case that most people are quite skeptical that we will ever make sense of the Euclidean path integral, especially in the semi-classical regime.
  • One might have anticipated that the nature of very low-frequency modes might be amenable to semiclassical analysis.
  • Rotational contributions were estimated in the semiclassical approximation for the free rotor considering both monomers and dimers as rigid molecules.

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