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har·mo·ny

 (här′mə-nē)
n. pl. har·mo·nies
1.
a. An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole: color harmony; the order and harmony of the universe.
b. A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another: different kinds of fish living in harmony.
c. A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, as of opinion or interest: family harmony.
2. Music
a. The study of the structure, progression, and relation of chords.
b. Simultaneous combination of notes in a chord.
c. The structure of a work or passage as considered from the point of view of its chordal characteristics and relationships.
d. A combination of sounds considered pleasing to the ear.
e. A musical line that harmonically complements the melody: You sing the lead part, and I'll sing the harmony.
3. A collation of parallel passages, especially from the Gospels, with a commentary demonstrating their consonance and explaining their discrepancies.

[Middle English armonie, from Old French, from Latin harmonia, from Greek harmoniā, articulation, agreement, harmony, from harmos, joint; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

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, other) music
a. any combination of notes sounded simultaneously
b. the vertically represented structure of a piece of music. Compare melody1b, rhythm1
c. the art or science concerned with the structure and combinations of chords
5. (Bible) 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]

har•mo•ny

(ˈhɑr mə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
1. agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
2. a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
3.
a. any simultaneous combination of tones.
b. the simultaneous combination of tones, esp. 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 and differences.
[1350–1400; Middle English armonye < Middle French < Latin harmonia < Greek harmonía joint, framework, harmony]
syn: See symmetry.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harmony - compatibility in opinion and actionharmony - compatibility in opinion and action
compatibility - capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination
congruence, congruity, congruousness - the quality of agreeing; being suitable and appropriate
2.harmony - the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chordsharmony - the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
harmonisation, harmonization - a piece of harmonized music
four-part harmony - harmony in which each chord has four notes that create four melodic lines
preparation - (music) a note that produces a dissonant chord is first heard in a consonant chord; "the resolution of one dissonance is often the preparation for another dissonance"
resolution - (music) a dissonant chord is followed by a consonant chord
3.harmony - a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
order - established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
peace - harmonious relations; freedom from disputes; "the roommates lived in peace together"
comity - a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect
accord, agreement - harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters; "the two parties were in agreement"
4.harmony - agreement of opinions
agreement - the verbal act of agreeing
5.harmony - an agreeable sound property
sound property - an attribute of sound
harmoniousness, consonance - the property of sounding harmonious
dissonance - disagreeable sounds

harmony

harmony

noun
2. Harmonious mutual understanding:
3. Satisfying arrangement marked by even distribution of elements, as in a design:
4. Pleasing agreement, as of musical sounds:
Music: consonance.
Translations
إنْسِجامإنْسِجام، تَفاهُم
harmoniesouladsouzvuk
harmoni
harmoniasointu
akkord
samhljómursátt og samlyndihljómfræðijafnvægi
darniai dainuotidarniai grotidarnumasdarnusharmonija
harmonijasaskaņasaticība
harmóniasúladsúzvuk
ubranost
ahenkarmonises ahengiuyum

harmony

[ˈhɑːmənɪ] Narmonía f
to sing/live in harmony with sbcantar/vivir en armonía con algn

harmony

[ˈhɑːrməni] n
(= accord) → harmonie f
racial harmony → harmonie f raciale
in harmony [live, work] → en harmonie
in harmony with sth/sb [live, work] → en harmonie avec qch/qn
(MUSIC)harmonie f
in harmony [sing, play] → en harmonie

harmony

nHarmonie f; (of colours also)harmonisches Zusammenspiel; (fig: = harmonious relations) → Eintracht f; to live/work in perfect harmony with somebodyin Harmonie or Eintracht mit jdm leben/zusammenarbeiten; to be in/out of harmony with (lit)harmonieren/nicht harmonieren mit; (fig also)in Einklang/nicht in Einklang stehen or sein mit; to live in harmony with natureim Einklang mit der Natur leben; to sing in harmonymehrstimmig singen; (= in tune)rein singen; his ideas are out of harmony with the ageseine Vorstellungen sind nicht zeitgemäß or passen nicht in die Zeit

harmony

[ˈhɑːmənɪ] narmonia

harmony

(ˈhaːməni) plural ˈharmonies noun
1. (of musical sounds, colours etc) (the state of forming) a pleasing combination. The singers sang in harmony.
2. the agreement of people's feelings, opinions etc. Few married couples live in perfect harmony.
harˈmonic (-ˈmo-) adjective
of, or concerned with, especially musical harmony.
harˈmonious (-ˈməu-) adjective
1. pleasant-sounding. a harmonious melody.
2. pleasant to the eye. a harmonious colour scheme.
3. without disagreement or bad feeling. a harmonious relationship.
harˈmoniously adverb
harˈmoniousness noun
ˈharmonize, ˈharmonise verb
1. to sing or play musical instruments in harmony.
2. to add different parts to (a melody) to form harmonies.
3. to (cause to) be in harmony or agreement. The colours in this room harmonize nicely.
harmoniˈzation, harmoniˈsation noun

har·mo·ny

n. armonía, reunión o comunicación agradable.
References in classic literature ?
It was poetry that inculcated laws and maxims; it was by the harmony of its lines that traditions were handed down at a time when memory had to supply the place of writing; and it was the first language of wisdom and of inspiration.
Bold thought, untiring imagination, softness and harmony, make a true poem.
He had long sought in different ways that tranquillity of mind, that inner harmony which had so impressed him in the soldiers at the battle of Borodino.
But on the following Friday he was waited upon by the Pillars of the Church, who informed him that in order to be in harmony with the New Theology and get full advantage of modern methods of Gospel interpretation they had deemed it advisable to make a change.
I am afraid you find it quite impossible to keep her up at heel, or to mold her personal appearance into harmony with the eternal laws of symmetry and order.
In such cases Nature has provided that every weekly Chorus shall bring the three Lovers into closer harmony.
The elegance, propriety, regularity, harmony, and perhaps, above all, the peace and tranquillity of Mansfield, were brought to her remembrance every hour of the day, by the prevalence of everything opposite to them here.
1276b] say the men are the same, but the city is different: for if a city is a community, it is a community of citizens; but if the mode of government should alter, and become of another sort, it would seem a necessary consequence that the city is not the same; as we regard the tragic chorus as different from the comic, though it may probably consist of the same performers: thus every other community or composition is said to be different if the species of composition is different; as in music the same hands produce different harmony, as the Doric and Phrygian.
Therefore, I note here, though it may not be at all necessary, that there are hundreds of Will Cases (as they are called), far more remarkable than that fancied in this book; and that the stores of the Prerogative Office teem with instances of testators who have made, changed, contradicted, hidden, forgotten, left cancelled, and left uncancelled, each many more wills than were ever made by the elder Mr Harmon of Harmony Jail.
In this he enjoined them, in the most earnest manner, to cultivate harmony and unanimity, and recommended that all differences of opinions on points connected with the objects and interests of the voyage should be discussed by the whole, and decided by a majority of votes.
The first care of the rulers is to be education, of which an outline is drawn after the old Hellenic model, providing only for an improved religion and morality, and more simplicity in music and gymnastic, a manlier strain of poetry, and greater harmony of the individual and the State.
I had as yet failed to catch any sight of Rosalind; so I sat alone, and so far as I had any thoughts or feelings, beyond a consciousness of heavenly harmony with my surroundings, they were for that haunting unknown face with the violet eyes and the heavy chestnut hair.