Definitions for harmonyˈhɑr mə ni

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

har•mo•ny*ˈhɑr mə ni(n.)(pl.)-nies.

  1. agreement; accord; harmonious relations.

  2. a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.

  3. any simultaneous combination of tones. the simultaneous combination of tones, esp. when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm. the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. an arrangement of the contents of the Gospels, either of all four or of the first three, designed to show their parallelism and differences.

    Category: Bible

* Syn: See symmetry.

Origin of harmony:

1350–1400; ME armonye < MF < L harmonia < Gk harmonía joint, framework, harmony

Princeton's WordNet

  1. harmony, harmoniousness(noun)

    compatibility in opinion and action

  2. harmony, musical harmony(noun)

    the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords

  3. harmony, concord, concordance(noun)

    a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole

  4. harmony, concord, concordance(noun)

    agreement of opinions

  5. harmony(noun)

    an agreeable sound property

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. harmony(noun)ˈhɑr mə ni

    a situation of peace, happiness, and agreement

    the dream that people can live in harmony

  2. harmonyˈhɑr mə ni

    in music, a combination of notes that sound pleasant together

    beautiful harmonies

Wiktionary

  1. harmony(Noun)

    agreement or accord

  2. harmony(Noun)

    a pleasing combination of elements, or arrangement of sounds

  3. harmony(Noun)

    the academic study of chords

  4. harmony(Noun)

    two or more notes played simultaneously to produce a chord

  5. harmony(Noun)

    the relationship between two distinct musical pitches (musical pitches being frequencies of vibration which produce audible sound) played simultaneously

  6. Origin: First attested in 1602. From armonye, from harmonie/armonie, from harmonia, from ἁρμονία

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harmony(noun)

    the just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or combination of things, or in things, or things intended to form a connected whole; such an agreement between the different parts of a design or composition as to produce unity of effect; as, the harmony of the universe

  2. Harmony(noun)

    concord or agreement in facts, opinions, manners, interests, etc.; good correspondence; peace and friendship; as, good citizens live in harmony

  3. Harmony(noun)

    a literary work which brings together or arranges systematically parallel passages of historians respecting the same events, and shows their agreement or consistency; as, a harmony of the Gospels

  4. Harmony(noun)

    a succession of chords according to the rules of progression and modulation

  5. Harmony(noun)

    the science which treats of their construction and progression

  6. Harmony(noun)

    see Harmonic suture, under Harmonic

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HARMONY

    From the Grk. _arnumi_, strain. Hence, full of strains.

Freebase

  1. Harmony (Music)

    In music, harmony is the use of simultaneous pitches, or chords. The study of harmony involves chords and their construction and chord progressions and the principles of connection that govern them. Harmony is often said to refer to the "vertical" aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the "horizontal" aspect. Counterpoint, which refers to the interweaving of melodic lines, and polyphony, which refers to the relationship of separate independent voices, are thus sometimes distinguished from harmony. In popular and jazz harmony, chords are named by their root plus various terms and characters indicating their qualities. In many types of music, notably baroque, romantic, modern and jazz, chords are often augmented with "tensions". A tension is an additional chord member that creates a relatively dissonant interval in relation to the bass. Typically, in the classical common practice period a dissonant chord "resolves" to a consonant chord. Harmonization usually sounds pleasant to the ear when there is a balance between the consonant and dissonant sounds. In simple words, that occurs when there is a balance between "tense" and "relaxed" moments.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'harmony' in Nouns Frequency: #2494


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

harmony(noun)

(of musical sounds, colours etc) (the state of forming) a pleasing combination

The singers sang in harmony.

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