Benny Goodman was considered the best clarinet player ever, period. He had two things to say about practice.

One: When Frank Sinatra asked why he was constantly noodling on his horn, Goodman said "Because if I'm not the best, I'm only good."

Two: When asked if luck had anything to do with where he was in the music world, he smiled and said "I believe practice makes you lucky."

A man on the street in New York City asks a passerby:

"Excuse me, sir, how to you get to Carnagie Hall?"

To which the passerby responds . . .

Prac"tice (?), n. [OE. praktike, practique, F. pratique, formerly also, practique, LL. practica, fr. Gr. , fr. practical. See Practical, and cf. Pratique, Pretty.]

1.

Frequently repeated or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of a similar kind; usage; habit; custom; as, the practice of rising early; the practice of making regular entries of accounts; the practice of daily exercise.

<-- also commonly practise -->

A heart . . . exercised with covetous practices. 2 Pet. ii. 14.

2.

Customary or constant use; state of being used.

Obsolete words may be revived when they are more sounding or more significant than those in practice. Dryden.

3.

Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness.

[R.] "His nice fence and his active practice."

Shak.

4.

Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory.

There are two functions of the soul, -- contemplation and practice. South.

There is a distinction, but no opposition, between theory and practice; each, to a certain extent, supposes the other; theory is dependent on practice; practice must have preceded theory. Sir W. Hamilton.

5.

Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music.

<-- practice makes perfect. MW10 2a. -->

6.

Application of science to the wants of men; the exercise of any profession; professional business; as, the practice of medicine or law; a large or lucrative practice.

Practice is exercise of an art, or the application of a science in life, which application is itself an art. Sir W. Hamilton.

7.

Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense.

[Obs.]

Bacon.

He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer. Sir P. Sidney.

8. Math.

A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.

9. Law

The form, manner, and order of conducting and carrying on suits and prosecutions through their various stages, according to the principles of law and the rules laid down by the courts.

Bouvier.

Syn. -- Custom; usage; habit; manner.

 

© Webster 1913.


Prac"tice (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Practiced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Practicing (?).] [Often written practise, practised, practising.]

1.

To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming.

"Incline not my heart . . . practice wicked works." <-- also commonly practise -->

Ps. cxli. 4.

2.

To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine.

<-- MW10 1c. -->

2.

To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music.

<-- MW10 2a -->

4.

To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.

"Aught but Talbot's shadow whereon to practice your severity."

Shak.

As this advice ye practice or neglect. Pope.

5.

To make use of; to employ.

[Obs.]

In malice to this good knight's wife, I practiced Ubaldo and Ricardo to corrupt her. Massinger.

6.

To teach or accustom by practice; to train.

In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practiced to love their neighbor. Landor.

 

© Webster 1913.


Prac"tice, v. i. [Often written practise.]

1.

To perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either for instruction, profit, or amusement; as, to practice with the broadsword or with the rifle; to practice on the piano.

<-- also commonly practise -->

2.

To learn by practice; to form a habit.

They shall practice how to live secure. Milton.

Practice first over yourself to reign. Waller.

3.

To try artifices or stratagems.

He will practice against thee by poison. Shak.

4.

To apply theoretical science or knowledge, esp. by way of experiment; to exercise or pursue an employment or profession, esp. that of medicine or of law.

[I am] little inclined to practice on others, and as little that others should practice on me. Sir W. Temple.

 

© Webster 1913.

Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.