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[sim-fon-ik] /sɪmˈfɒn ɪk/
Music. of, for, pertaining to, or having the character of a symphony or symphony orchestra.
of or relating to symphony or harmony of sounds.
characterized by similarity of sound, as words.
Origin of symphonic
1855-60; symphon(y) + -ic
Related forms
symphonically, adverb
nonsymphonic, adjective
nonsymphonically, adverb
presymphonic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was born in 1860, his father being William Robyn, who organized the first symphonic orchestra west of Pittsburg.

  • It is the Pandaean mystery unfolded with symphonic accompaniment.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • symphonic music—in as much as the concertmaster is concerned, is usually not idiomatic violin music.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • After Beethoven, he said symphonic form could proceed no higher.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • The work reveals Schoenberg striving to emulate Strauss in the field of the symphonic poem; striving, however, in vain.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • It is a symphonic prologue to Heine's tragedy, "William Ratcliff."

  • Vakoula is not in true opera style, but is far more like symphonic or chamber music.

Word Origin and History for symphonic

1854 (implied in symphonically); see symphony + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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