from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Music Of, relating to, or characterized by polyphony.
- adj. Linguistics Having two or more phonetic values.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, or relating to polyphony
- adj. having two or more independent but harmonic melodies; contrapuntal
- adj. able to play more than one musical note at the same time
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a multiplicity of sounds.
- adj. Characterized by polyphony.
- adj. Consisting of several tone series, or melodic parts, progressing simultaneously according to the laws of counterpoint; contrapuntal; ; -- opposed to
homophonic, or monodic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being read or pronounced in more than one way: said of a written character.
- Consisting of or having many voices or sounds.
- In music: Noting a method of composition or a work in which two or more voice-parts are simultaneously combined without losing their independent character, but with harmonious effect; contrapuntal: opposed on one side to monodic, monophonic, and homophonic, and on another to harmonic: as, a fugue is a polyphonic form of composition
- Noting an instrument which is capable of producing more than one tone at a time, as an organ or a harp. Also polyphonous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having two or more phonetic values
- adj. of or relating to or characterized by polyphony
- adj. having two or more independent but harmonically related melodic parts sounding together
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