Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in a state of accord; harmonious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to simultaneous sounds that are harmonious together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Agreeing in sound; accordant; harmonious.
  • adj. Symphonic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by symphony, or harmony of sounds; agreeing in sound; accordant; harmonious.
  • In music, same as symphonic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. harmonious in sound

Etymologies

From sym- "together" + phone "sound" (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Humber and on the borders of Yorkshire, the inhabitants make use of the same kind of symphonious harmony, but with less variety, singing in only two parts, one murmuring in the bass, the other warbling in the acute or treble.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music From the Earliest Times Until the Present

  • June 20, 2009 5: 25 PM symphonious sweets said ...

    The Cake Slice presents: Piña Colada Cake

  • The symphonious pairing of syrupy goodness and buttery richness.

    Chez Pazienza: Rich Lowry: The William F. Buckley of F**k Talk

  • What we get then, is the grand symphonious sound of the tuttis, vs. the chamber music sound of the solo passages, with piano, individual winds and individual strings trading off roles.

    Early Music: An Exchange

  • Among the fragments of pre-Socratic philosophy there are a few references to symphonious order in the heavens.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • With what a stately march the pictures go in their golden frames along the symphonious, burlap walls!

    Walking-Stick Papers

  • Or dost thou, the habitant of some bright star, where frailty such as ours is yet unknown, lend to lovers a rapture unalloyed by passion's grosser sense; as, symphonious with the tremulous zephyr, chastened vows of constancy are there exchanged?

    A Love Story

  • There were human beings enough, and enough of highly wrought and symphonious feeling to produce that more impressive sound than the organ tones of the blast, or the thunder, or the roar of the sea; even that mighty swell of many voices, blended into one great voice by the universal impulse which makes likewise one vast heart out of the many.

    XXIII. The Revelation of the Scarlet Letter

  • I was little less exhilarated myself; the mild air of the evening, the shadows, the rich lights and the silence, made a symphonious accompaniment about our walk; and we both determined to avoid towns for the future and sleep in hamlets.

    An Inland Voyage

  • “Moonlight,” just quoted, with so delicate a melody, and never admitted an ill-timed strain or jarring cadence into his pure, symphonious prose, should scarcely be able to distinguish one tune from another.

    A Study Of Hawthorne

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