ensemble

[ahn-sahm-buhl, -sahmb; French ahn-sahn-bluh]
noun, plural ensembles [ahn-sahm-sahm-buhlz, -sahmbz; French ahn-sahn-bluh] .
1.
all the parts of a thing taken together, so that each part is considered only in relation to the whole.
2.
the entire costume of an individual, especially when all the parts are in harmony: She was wearing a beautiful ensemble by one of the French designers.
3.
a set of furniture.
4.
Music.
a.
the united performance of an entire group of singers, musicians, etc.
b.
the group so performing: a string ensemble.
5.
a group of supporting entertainers, as actors, dancers, and singers, in a theatrical production.

Origin:
1740–50; < French: together < Latin insimul, equivalent to in- in-2 + simul together; see simultaneous


1. totality, entirety, aggregate.
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ensemble (ɒnˈsɒmbəl, French ɑ̃sɑ̃blə)
 
n
1.  all the parts of something considered together and in relation to the whole
2.  a person's complete costume; outfit
3.  a.  the cast of a play other than the principals; supporting players
 b.  (as modifier): an ensemble role
4.  music
 a.  a group of soloists singing or playing together
 b.  (as modifier): an ensemble passage
5.  music the degree of precision and unity exhibited by a group of instrumentalists or singers performing together: the ensemble of the strings is good
6.  the general or total effect of something made up of individual parts
7.  physics
 a.  a set of systems (such as a set of collections of atoms) that are identical in all respects apart from the motions of their constituents
 b.  a single system (such as a collection of atoms) in which the properties are determined by the statistical behaviour of its constituents
 
adv
8.  all together or at once
 
adj
9.  (of a film or play) involving several separate but often interrelated story lines: ensemble comedy drama
10.  involving no individual star but several actors whose roles are of equal importance: fine ensemble playing
 
[C15: from French: together, from Latin insimul, from in-² + simul at the same time]

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ensemble
c.1440, from M.Fr. ensemblee "all the parts of a thing considered together," from L.L. insimul "at the same time," from in- intensive prefix + simul "at the same time." Musical sense first attested in Eng. 1844.
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Example sentences
Another theory of why some people in musical ensembles sing or play out of tune
  is that it is a way that they can hear themselves.
There are models, or ensembles of models that are tracking within error bounds.
To teach courses in the area of specialty and ensembles.
These responses are demonstrating blood flow or neural activity of ensembles of
  neurons.
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