harmony

[hahr-muh-nee]
noun, plural harmonies.
1.
agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
2.
a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
3.
Music.
a.
any simultaneous combination of tones.
b.
the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
c.
the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.
4.
an arrangement of the contents of the Gospels, either of all four or of the first three, designed to show their parallelism, mutual relations, and differences.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English armonye < Middle French < Latin harmonia < Greek harmonía joint, framework, agreement, harmony, akin to hárma chariot, harmós joint, ararískein to join together

nonharmony, noun, plural nonharmonies.
preharmony, noun


1. concord, unity, peace, amity, friendship. 2. consonance, conformity, correspondence, consistency. See symmetry. 3. Harmony, melody in music suggest a combination of sounds from voices or musical instruments. Harmony is the blending of simultaneous sounds of different pitch or quality, making chords: harmony in part singing; harmony between violins and horns. Melody is the rhythmical combination of successive sounds of various pitch, making up the tune or air: a tuneful melody to accompany cheerful words.
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harmony (ˈhɑːmənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  agreement in action, opinion, feeling, etc; accord
2.  order or congruity of parts to their whole or to one another
3.  agreeable sounds
4.  music
 a.  any combination of notes sounded simultaneously
 b.  melody Compare rhythm the vertically represented structure of a piece of music
 c.  the art or science concerned with the structure and combinations of chords
5.  a collation of the material of parallel narratives, esp of the four Gospels
 
[C14: from Latin harmonia concord of sounds, from Greek: harmony, from harmos a joint]

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harmony
late 14c., from O.Fr. armonie, from L. harmonia, from Gk. harmonia "agreement, concord of sounds," lit. "means of joining," related to harmos "joint, shoulder," from PIE *ar-ti-, from *ar- "to fit together." Musical sense is oldest in Eng.; that of "agreement of feeling, concord" is from 1580s.
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harmony definition


The sounding of two or more musical notes at the same time in a way that is pleasant or desired. Harmony, melody, and rhythm are elements of music.

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Example sentences
We have heard a lot recently about the need for consensus, social harmony, and
  civility.
Whether they will be equal to the composition of a more extensive run of
  melody, or of complicated harmony, is yet to be proved.
But far from promoting social harmony, the preoccupation with talent had
  produced social breakdown.
The jungle and the ruins intertwine in beautiful and mysterious harmony.
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