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po·lyph·o·ny

 (pə-lĭf′ə-nē)
n. pl. po·lyph·o·nies
Music with two or more independent melodic parts sounded together.

po·lyph′o·nous adj.
po·lyph′o·nous·ly adv.

polyphony

(pəˈlɪfənɪ)
n, pl -nies
1. (Music, other) polyphonic style of composition or a piece of music utilizing it
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the use of polyphones in a writing system
[C19: from Greek poluphōnia diversity of tones, from poly- + phōnē speech, sound]
poˈlyphonous adj
poˈlyphonously adv

po•lyph•o•ny

(pəˈlɪf ə ni)

n.
1. a musical technique or style in which two or more melodic lines are in equitable juxtaposition.
2. representation of different sounds by the same letter or symbol.
[1820–30; < Greek polyphōnía variety of tones. See poly-, -phony]
po•lyph′o•nous, adj.
po•lyph′o•nous•ly, adv.

polyphony, polyphonism

the combination of a number of separate but harmonizing melodies, as in a fugue. Cf. homophony. — polyphonic, polyphonous, adj.
See also: Music

polyphony

Music with independent melodies interwoven.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polyphony - music arranged in parts for several voices or instruments
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
counterpoint - a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies
monody, monophonic music, monophony - music consisting of a single vocal part (usually with accompaniment)
Translations

polyphony

[pəˈlɪfənɪ] Npolifonía f

polyphony

n (Mus) → Polyfonie f

polyphony

[pəˈlɪfənɪ] n (Mus) → polifonia
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today announced that it has developed a new PCM (Pulse Code Modulation)-based sound generator LSI, the ML2864, which plays 64 polyphonies simultaneously with eight octaves.
One of the fastest- growing requirements demanded by users is a high quality musical ring tone, and this is made possible through provision of a large number of polyphonies by PCM-based sound generator chip.
The new chip doubles the number of polyphonies, from 32 to 64, which gives musical ring tones of mobile phones much higher and deeper sound quality.