from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music An imitative polyphonic composition in which a theme or themes are stated successively in all of the voices of the contrapuntal structure.
- n. Psychiatry A pathological amnesiac condition during which one is apparently conscious of one's actions but has no recollection of them after returning to a normal state. This condition, usually resulting from severe mental stress, may persist for as long as several months.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A contrapuntal piece of music wherein a particular melody is played in a number of voices, each voice introduced in turn by playing the melody.
- n. Anything in literature, poetry, film, painting, etc., that resembles a fugue in structure or in its elaborate complexity and formality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A polyphonic composition, developed from a given theme or themes, according to strict contrapuntal rules. The theme is first given out by one voice or part, and then, while that pursues its way, it is repeated by another at the interval of a fifth or fourth, and so on, until all the parts have answered one by one, continuing their several melodies and interweaving them in one complex progressive whole, in which the theme is often lost and reappears.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a polyphonic composition based upon one, two, or even more themes, which are enunciated by the several voices or parts in turn, subjected to various kinds of contrapuntal treatment, and gradually built up into a complex form having somewhat distinct divisions or stages of development and a marked climax at the end.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who they are and leaves home to creates a new life; during the fugue there is no memory of the former life; after recovering there is no memory for events during the dissociative state
- n. a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
- n. a dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for hours or days
Italian fuga (influenced by French fugue, from Italian fuga), from Latin, flight.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian fuga ("flight, ardor"), from Latin fuga ("act of fleeing"), from fugere ("to flee"); the spelling is from the French version of the Italian term. Apparently from the metaphor that the first part starts alone on its course, and is pursued by later parts. (Wiktionary)