from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music with two or more independent melodic parts sounded together.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Musical texture consisting of several independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Multiplicity of sounds, as in the reverberations of an echo.
  • n. Plurality of sounds and articulations expressed by the same vocal sign.
  • n. Composition in mutually related, equally important parts which share the melody among them; contrapuntal composition; -- opposed to homophony, in which the melody is given to one part only, the others filling out the harmony. See Counterpoint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The capability of being pronounced in various ways characterizing some written characters.
  • n. In music, the act, process, art, or result of simultaneously combining two or more voice-parts so that they shall maintain their individuality and independent interest, and yet shall harmonize with each other; counterpoint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From poly- + -phony.



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  • The longest common word using typewriter letters for the right hand. See also homophony.

    --Chris Cole, Wordplay (See comment under "Wordplay List".)

    May 25, 2008