Polyphonic Pol`y*phon"ic, a. [Gr. ?; poly`s many + ? sound: cf. F. polyphone.] 1. Having a multiplicity of sounds. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by polyphony; as, Assyrian polyphonic characters. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mus.) Consisting of several tone series, or melodic parts, progressing simultaneously according to the laws of counterpoint; contrapuntal; as, a polyphonic composition; -- opposed to {homophonic}, or {monodic}. [1913 Webster]

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  • polyphonic — /pɒləˈfɒnɪk/ (say poluh fonik) adjective 1. consisting of many voices or sounds. 2. Music a. having two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody, but all harmonising; contrapuntal (opposed to homophonic). b. of or relating to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • polyphonic — or polyphonous adjective Date: 1782 1. of, relating to, or marked by polyphony 2. being a polyphone • polyphonically or polyphonously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • polyphonic — adjective a) of, or relating to polyphony b) having two or more independent but harmonic melodies; contrapuntal …   Wiktionary

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