homophonous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj homophonous characteristic of the phenomenon of words of different origins that are pronounced the same way "'horse' and 'hoarse' are homophonous words"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Homophonous Expressing the same sound by a different combination of letters; as, bay and bey .
    • Homophonous (Mus) Now used for plain harmony, note against note, as opposed to polyphonic harmony, in which the several parts move independently, each with its own melody.
    • Homophonous (Mus) Originally, sounding alike; of the same pitch; unisonous; monodic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • homophonous Of the same pitch; of like sound. Specifically— In ancient music, unisonous; in unison: opposed to antiphonic.
    • homophonous In philology: Agreeing in sound but differing in sense. See homophone, 2.
    • homophonous Expressing the same sound or letter with another: as, a homophonous hieroglyphic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Homophonous having the same sound
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ; the same + sound, tone: cf. F. homophone,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. homos, the same, phōnē, sound.

Usage

In literature:

THE NAME OF A SPECIES (OF ANIMALS, PLANTS, &C.) IS OFTEN A HOMOPHONE.
"Society for Pure English, Tract 2, on English Homophones" by Robert Bridges
At least the new avoids the homophonic inconvenience.
"Society for Pure English Tract 4" by John Sargeaunt
Folk melodies are, without exception, homophonous.
"Critical & Historical Essays" by Edward MacDowell
For an exhaustive explanation of phrase-extension, with all the technical details, the student is referred to my HOMOPHONIC FORMS, Chapter III.
"Lessons in Music Form" by Percy Goetschius
Homophonous: words differently written but indistinguishable in sound, applied to different conceptions.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The essential difference between homophonic and polyphonic style is implied by the terms themselves.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
Opposed to it is homophonic, or single-voiced, music, in which one melody or part is supported by an accompaniment.
"How to Appreciate Music" by Gustav Kobbé
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In science:

The possibility of achieving greater secrecy by introducing additional randomness into the plaintext of a cipher before encryption was known, according to , already to Gauss, in the form of the so-called ‘homophonic substitution’.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
Because of the additional randomness in the ciphertext, it typically happens that the ciphertext alphabet Y needs to be larger than the plaintext alphabet X (or else, Y is a longer sequence than X, as in homophonic substitution).
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
For the case of STA on the key when the plaintext Xn has nonuniform but i.i.d. statistics, the so-called homophonic substitution method provides complete information-theoretic security, i.e. H (K |Yn) = H (K ) .
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
The original form of homophonic substitution involves assigning to each plaintext symbol a number of possible sequences of length l proportional to its a priori probability in such a way that all possible l-sequences are covered.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
To put it another way, a statistical attack has been converted to a ciphertext-only attack. A generalized homophonic substitution that allows each symbol to be coded into sequences of variable length is discussed in , for which it is shown that sometimes data compression instead of data expansion results.
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
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