from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Responsive or antiphonal singing or chanting.
- n. A composition that is sung responsively; an antiphon.
- n. A responsive or reciprocal interchange, as of ideas or opinions: "Sheridan's play shows both sides of the coin. He establishes an antiphony of cynicism and sentimentality” ( Jonathan Miller).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. alternate, or responsive singing by a choir split into two parts; a piece sung or chanted in this manner
- n. alternate, or responsive ideas or opinions; juxtaposition
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical response; also, antiphonal chanting or signing.
- n. An anthem or psalm sung alternately by a choir or congregation divided into two parts. Also figuratively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Alternate or responsive singing, in which a choir is divided into two, each part singing alternate verses of the psalm or anthem: opposed to homophony
- n. In responsorial singing, on the contrary, one singer alternates with the whole choir, as in the chanting of responsories. See responsory.
- n. A psalm or an anthem so chanted.
- n. A composition of several verses taken from different psalms and set to music.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. alternate (responsive) singing by a choir in two parts
- n. a verse or song to be chanted or sung in response
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