from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music Melodic material that is added above or below an existing melody.
- n. Music The technique of combining two or more melodic lines in such a way that they establish a harmonic relationship while retaining their linear individuality.
- n. Music A composition or piece that incorporates or consists of contrapuntal writing.
- n. A contrasting but parallel element, item, or theme.
- n. Use of contrasting elements in a work of art.
- transitive v. Music To write or arrange (music) in counterpoint.
- transitive v. To set in contrast: "The complex, clotted computer talk sadly counterpoints the simplistic nature of the characters” ( Rhoda Koenig).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a melody added to an existing one, especially one added to provide harmony whilst each retains its simultaneous identity; a composition consisting of such contrapuntal melodies
- n. any similar contrasting element in a work of art
- v. to compose or arrange such music
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An opposite point.
- n. The setting of note against note in harmony; the adding of one or more parts to a given canto fermo or melody.
- n. The art of polyphony, or composite melody, i. e., melody not single, but moving attended by one or more related melodies.
- n. Music in parts; part writing; harmony; polyphonic music. See polyphony.
- n. A coverlet; a cover for a bed, often stitched or broken into squares; a counterpane. See 1st counterpane.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A coverlet; a counterpane.
- n. An opposite point.
- n. An opposite position or standpoint.
- n. In music: The art of musical composition in general.
- n. The art of polyphonic or concerted composition, in distinction from homophonic or melodic composition.
- n. Specifically, the art of adding to a given melody, subject, theme, or canto fermo, one or more melodies whose relations to the given melody are fixed by rules.
- n. A voice-part of independent character polyphonically combined with one or more other parts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. write in counterpoint
- n. a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies
- v. to show differences when compared; be different
From counter- + point, Middle French contrepoint. (Wiktionary)