Dispersed harmony
Harmony Har"mo*ny (h[aum]r"m[-o]*n[y^]), n.; pl. {Harmonies} (-n[i^]z). [F. harmonie, L. harmonia, Gr. "armoni`a joint, proportion, concord, fr. "armo`s a fitting or joining. See {Article}.] 1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or combination of things, or in things intended to form a connected whole; such an agreement between the different parts of a design or composition as to produce unity of effect; as, the harmony of the universe. [1913 Webster]

2. Concord or agreement in facts, opinions, manners, interests, etc.; good correspondence; peace and friendship; as, good citizens live in harmony. [1913 Webster]

3. A literary work which brings together or arranges systematically parallel passages of historians respecting the same events, and shows their agreement or consistency; as, a harmony of the Gospels. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) (a) A succession of chords according to the rules of progression and modulation. (b) The science which treats of their construction and progression. [1913 Webster]

Ten thousand harps, that tuned Angelic harmonies. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. (Anat.) See {Harmonic suture}, under {Harmonic}. [1913 Webster]

{Close harmony}, {Dispersed harmony}, etc. See under {Close}, {Dispersed}, etc.

{Harmony of the spheres}. See {Music of the spheres}, under {Music}.

Syn: {Harmony}, {Melody}.

Usage: Harmony results from the concord of two or more strains or sounds which differ in pitch and quality. Melody denotes the pleasing alternation and variety of musical and measured sounds, as they succeed each other in a single verse or strain. [1913 Webster]


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  • Dispersed harmony — Dispersed Dis*persed , a. Scattered. {Dis*pers ed*ly}, adv. {Dis*pers ed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] {Dispersed harmony} (Mus.), harmony in which the tones composing the chord are widely separated, as by an octave or more. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dispersed harmony — (ˈ) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun : open harmony …   Useful english dictionary

  • Harmony — Har mo*ny (h[aum]r m[ o]*n[y^]), n.; pl. {Harmonies} ( n[i^]z). [F. harmonie, L. harmonia, Gr. armoni a joint, proportion, concord, fr. armo s a fitting or joining. See {Article}.] 1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harmony of the spheres — Harmony Har mo*ny (h[aum]r m[ o]*n[y^]), n.; pl. {Harmonies} ( n[i^]z). [F. harmonie, L. harmonia, Gr. armoni a joint, proportion, concord, fr. armo s a fitting or joining. See {Article}.] 1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dispersed — Dis*persed , a. Scattered. {Dis*pers ed*ly}, adv. {Dis*pers ed*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] {Dispersed harmony} (Mus.), harmony in which the tones composing the chord are widely separated, as by an octave or more. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Close harmony — Harmony Har mo*ny (h[aum]r m[ o]*n[y^]), n.; pl. {Harmonies} ( n[i^]z). [F. harmonie, L. harmonia, Gr. armoni a joint, proportion, concord, fr. armo s a fitting or joining. See {Article}.] 1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Missouri Harmony — The Missouri Harmony, first published in 1820, was the most popular of all frontier shape note tune books during its reign. The 185 songs compiled in the collection were favorites used in Protestant churches and singing schools, and many were… …   Wikipedia

  • Southern Harmony — The Southern Harmony is a shape note hymn and tune book compiled by William Walker. The book was released in 1835 under the full title of The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion . It is part of the larger tradition of shape note singing. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Open harmony — Open O pen, a. [AS. open; akin to D. open, OS. opan, G. offan, Icel. opinn, Sw. [ o]ppen, Dan. aaben, and perh. to E. up. Cf. {Up}, and {Ope}.] 1. Free of access; not shut up; not closed; affording unobstructed ingress or egress; not impeding or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Harmonies — Harmony Har mo*ny (h[aum]r m[ o]*n[y^]), n.; pl. {Harmonies} ( n[i^]z). [F. harmonie, L. harmonia, Gr. armoni a joint, proportion, concord, fr. armo s a fitting or joining. See {Article}.] 1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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