What does symphony mean?

Definitions for symphony
ˈsɪm fə nisym·pho·ny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. symphony, symphonic music(noun)

    a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra

  2. symphony orchestra, symphony, philharmonic(noun)

    a large orchestra; can perform symphonies

    "we heard the Vienna symphony"

Wiktionary

  1. symphony(Noun)

    an extended piece of music of sophisticated structure, usually for orchestra

    Etymology: From συμφωνία.

  2. symphony(Noun)

    harmony in music or colour, or a harmonious combination of elements

    Etymology: From συμφωνία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symphony(noun)

    a consonance or harmony of sounds, agreeable to the ear, whether the sounds are vocal or instrumental, or both

    Etymology: [F. symphonie (cf. It. sinfonia), L. symphonia, Gr. ; sy`n with + a sound, the voice. See Phonetic.]

  2. Symphony(noun)

    a stringed instrument formerly in use, somewhat resembling the virginal

    Etymology: [F. symphonie (cf. It. sinfonia), L. symphonia, Gr. ; sy`n with + a sound, the voice. See Phonetic.]

  3. Symphony(noun)

    an elaborate instrumental composition for a full orchestra, consisting usually, like the sonata, of three or four contrasted yet inwardly related movements, as the allegro, the adagio, the minuet and trio, or scherzo, and the finale in quick time. The term has recently been applied to large orchestral works in freer form, with arguments or programmes to explain their meaning, such as the "symphonic poems" of Liszt. The term was formerly applied to any composition for an orchestra, as overtures, etc., and still earlier, to certain compositions partly vocal, partly instrumental

    Etymology: [F. symphonie (cf. It. sinfonia), L. symphonia, Gr. ; sy`n with + a sound, the voice. See Phonetic.]

  4. Symphony(noun)

    an instrumental passage at the beginning or end, or in the course of, a vocal composition; a prelude, interlude, or postude; a ritornello

    Etymology: [F. symphonie (cf. It. sinfonia), L. symphonia, Gr. ; sy`n with + a sound, the voice. See Phonetic.]

Freebase

  1. symphony

    A symphony is an extended musical composition in Western classical music, scored almost always for orchestra. A symphony usually contains at least one movement or episode composed according to the sonata principle. Many symphonies are tonal works in four movements with the first in sonata form, which is often described by music theorists as the structure of a "classical" symphony, although many symphonies by the acknowledged classical masters of the form, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven do not conform to this model.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Symphony

    sim′fō-ni, n. an agreeing together in sound: unison, consonance, or harmony of sound: a musical composition for a full band of instruments: an instrumental introduction or termination to a vocal composition.—n. Symphō′nia, concord in Greek music: a medieval name for the bagpipe, the virginal.—adj. Symphon′ic, relating to, or resembling, a symphony: symphonious.—n. Symphō′nion, a combination of pianoforte and harmonium, the precursor of the orchestrion.—adj. Symphō′nious, agreeing or harmonising in sound: accordant: harmonious.—n. Sym′phonist, a composer of symphonies. [Gr. symphōniasyn, together, phōnē a sound.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Symphony

    an elaborate orchestral composition consisting usually of four contrasted and related movements; began to take distinctive shape in the 17th century, and was for long merely a form of overture to operas, &c., but as its possibilities were perceived was elevated into an independent concert-piece, and as such exercised the genius of Mozart and Haydn, reaching its perfection of form in the symphonies of Beethoven.

Anagrams for symphony »

  1. hyponyms, physnomy

How to pronounce symphony?

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How to say symphony in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of symphony in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of symphony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of symphony in a Sentence

  1. H. E. Luccock:

    No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.

  3. Goldman Managing Director Bobby Vedral:

    On Symphony, we are already deploying it a lot internally, so are other banks, there is one big asset manager who will soon start to make it compulsory for interacting with them. It will certainly be used in a widespread way within the year.

  4. Gail Vance Civille:

    Just on the texture side, [ the chocolate chip cookie ] has a lot going for it, every bite will be interesting. ... You will hit the cookie, which has crispness due to air pockets in the cookie crumb, and then the chocolate, which is dense and uniform when you bite through it. It's like a symphony orchestra playing together. ... It's very harmonious.

  5. Naked Gun From the Files of Police Squad:

    Frank I'd known her for years. We used to go to all the police functions together. Ah, how I loved her, but she had her music. I think she had her music. She'd hang out with the Chicago Male Chorus and Symphony. I don't recall her playing an instrument or be able to carry a tune. Yet she was on the road 300 days of the year. In fact I bought her a harp for christmas. She asked me what it was.

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