from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds; discord.
- n. Lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict: "In Vietnam, reality fell away and dissonance between claim and fact filled the void” ( Michael Janeway).
- n. Music A combination of tones contextually considered to suggest unrelieved tension and require resolution.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a harsh, discordant combination of sounds
- n. conflicting notes that are not overtones of the note or chord sounding
- n. a state of disagreement or conflict
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mingling of discordant sounds; an inharmonious combination of sounds; discord.
- n. Want of agreement; incongruity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality or fact of being dissonant; an inharmonious mixture or combination of sounds; harshness of combined sounds; discord.
- n. Specifically— In music: The combination of tones that are so far unrelated to each other as to produce beats: distinguished from consonance. See beat, n.
- n. The interval between two such tones. See discord.
- n. Discord in general; disagreement; incongruity; inconsistency.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
- n. the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience
- n. disagreeable sounds
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