from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Harsh and inharmonious in sound; discordant.
- adj. Being at variance; disagreeing.
- adj. Music Constituting or producing a dissonance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to dissonance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Sounding harshly; discordant; unharmonious.
- adj. Disagreeing; incongruous; discrepant, -- with from or to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Discordant in sound; harsh; jarring; inharmonious; unpleasant to the ear: as, dissonant tones or intervals.
- Discordant in general; disagreeing; incongruous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. not in accord
- adj. lacking in harmony
- adj. characterized by musical dissonance; harmonically unresolved
Middle English dissonaunt, from Old French dissonant, from Latin dissonāns, dissonant-, present participle of dissonāre, to be dissonant : dis-, apart; see dis- + sonāre, to sound; see swen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)