• Sketch Map accompanying "Bulgaria." By Frank Fox.Published by A. & C. Black Ltd., London
    Sketch Map accompanying "Bulgaria." By Frank Fox.Published by A. & C. Black Ltd., London
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n accompaniment the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them
    • n accompaniment something added to complete or embellish or make perfect "a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner","wild rice was served as an accompaniment to the main dish"
    • n accompaniment a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    • n accompaniment an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The people accompany the body of the raven through the streets The people accompany the body of the raven through the streets

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Researchers in Denmark found that beer tastes best when drunk to the accompaniment of a certain musical tone. The optimal frequency is different for each beer, they reported. The correct harmonious tone for Carlsberg Lager, for example, is 510-520 cycles per second.
    • n Accompaniment (Mus) That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The opera singer Enrico Caruso practiced in the bath, while accompanied by a pianist in a nearby room.
    • n accompaniment Something that attends another as a circumstance; something incidental or added to the principal thing as a concomitant, by way of ornament, for the sake of symmetry, or the like.
    • n accompaniment Specifically— In music, the subordinate part or parts added to a solo or concerted composition to enhance the effect, and also, if it be a vocal composition, to sustain the voices and keep them true to the pitch. The accompaniment may be given to one or more instruments, or to a chorus of voices. Instead of writing accompaniments in full, as is now done, the older composers were accustomed merely to indicate the harmonies to be employed by means of a figured bass, which could be performed in a great variety of ways, more or less elaborate, according to the musical knowledge, taste, and skill of the executant.
    • n accompaniment In painting, an object accessory to the principal object, and serving for its ornament or illustration: generally termed an accessory (which see).
    • n accompaniment In heraldry, anything added to a shield by way of ornament, as the belt, mantling, supporters, etc.
    • n accompaniment An accompaniment is said to be obbligato when it so far differs from that which is accompanied that it is necessary for the intended effect, but ad libitum when it so nearly coincides with that which is accompanied that it may or may not be used, at will. The form of an accompaniment is specifically described by terms such as arpeggio, figured, pulsatile, harmonic, contrapuntal, running, etc., and its character is indicated by naming the instrument or other apparatus by which it is provided: as, a piano accompaniment, a chorus accompaniment, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The social life in ants and termites has been accompanied by an extraordinary royal perk: a 100-fold increase among queen ants in average maximum lifespan, with some queens surviving for almost 30 years. This longevity can be attributed in part to the sheltered and pampered life of the royal egg layer.
    • Accompaniment that which accompanies:
    • Accompaniment (mus.) the assisting of a solo part by other parts, which may consist of a whole orchestra, or a single instrument, or even subservient vocal parts
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  • Arnold Bennett
    “Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
  • Paul Goodman
    Paul Goodman
    “Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Fortune is ever seen accompanying industry.”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom.”
  • Primo Levi
    Primo Levi
    “Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. accompagnement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. accompagner. See Company.


In literature:

She insisted on going down to the beach, to which Vaughan and Gilbert accompanied her.
"The Settlers" by William H. G. Kingston
We agreed that we would go out the next morning, Arthur taking one gun and I the other, while Marian was to accompany me.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Thanking the Captain for his offer, he without hesitation gave me leave to accompany him as cabin-boy.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
As I was the midshipman of the lieutenant's boat, I accompanied him.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
I wanted Charley to accompany me, but he said that he thought he had better keep out of the way, or out of sight.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
When he returned at the end of three hours, accompanied by the doctor, the Marquise had regained consciousness.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
Soon afterward she went, accompanied by Miss Safford, to Pittsburgh Landing.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
Dr. d'Avigny, who pays the greatest care to Monsieur de Villefort, was so kind as to accompany his patient to-day.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
I will accompany master to Robeckal, for I also have a bone to pick with the scoundrel.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
She was generally accompanied by De Forest, who had become her constant attendant.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton

In poetry:

Cease, gazing eyes, to disconcert
Her holy modesty;
And you, my songs, with shamefast awe
Her pomp accompany.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Follow the Cross; the ark of Peace
Accompany your path:
To souls imprisoned bring release
From bondage and from wrath.
"Lift up your heads, ye gates of brass;" by James Montgomery
It was a thick November haze
Accompanied by frost,
And Dan, in steerin’ ‘crost the sound,
He got his bearin’s lost.
"The Tearful Tale Of Captain Dan" by Ellis Parker Butler
"Also other cities accompany Paris,
They are adorned with glass, arrayed in iron,
But for today that would be too much,
I'll tell the rest another time
"Father Explains" by Czeslaw Milosz
The kings were pleased as they well could be;
The most retiring of the three,
In a "cellar-flap" to his joy gave vent
With a banjo-bones accompaniment.
"The Three Kings of Chickeraboo" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Same Scene. Night. Awning removed. Moonlight. Captain
discovered singing on poop deck, and accompanying himself on
a mandolin. Little Buttercup seated on quarterdeck, gazing
sentimentally at him.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Current readers of Perez Hilton, Pitchfork, and the like take a pound of salt when perusing the hyperbole that accompanies positive decrees for new bands.
The release this week of 'N Sync's third album, "Celebrity" (Jive), has been accompanied by a story popular with people in the entertainment business.
AP US Sen Charles Schumer, D-NY, left, accompanied by Sen Bob Casey, D-Pa.
Crum accompanies Sewell to breakfast.
Ellwood Community Church pastor Gary Crum recently accompanied Selma native and US Rep Terri Sewell to the National Prayer Breakfast held Feb 2 inside the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Rodgers uses leftover bread to make puddings, toasted garlicky slabs called "chapons," and the warm salad that accompanies her restaurant's roast chicken.
A dark, uncaptioned, black-and-white photograph of the crumpled remains of unidentified people scattered across a street accompanies Sebald's account of the Hamburg bombing.
(Editor's Note: There are three figures that accompany this article that can be downloaded in PDF format via the "Download Now" button at the bottom of the page.
Although these cysts usually are not dangerous, they may be accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms, including swelling, pain and stiffness in the knee.
House Bill 368 removes the prohibition against anyone under 18 from being in a public dance hall unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
In the Tuesday Oklahoman and on the website, we ran a photo of Jack Mitchell accompanying the story of his death Monday.
DALLAS — The widespread shopper frugality that accompanied the recent recession might have a lasting impact on consumer behavior, according to data released at the recent Food Marketing Institute conference and trade show here.
Martin Burgers consist of ground beef, accompanied by chlled bourbon, served on a TV tray.
Fans of Star Trek long ago noted that anonymous security officers who accompanied the show's stars rarely survived the experience.
The law, enacted in 2007, helps distressed homeowners by relieving them of additional tax responsibility that often accompanies canceled or forgiven debt.

In science:

Since this increases the location of the insertion of ΦI by one unit this means that we need to accompany (C.20) by the shift ˜l = l + 1 inducing an extra phase β−n in (C.22).
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
The most evident feature that accompanies glass formation is a dramatic increase of the structural relaxation time, τα . A key for understanding this phenomenon is the AdamGibbs (AG) theory , which states a relationship between τα and the configurational entropy Sc , τ = τ0 exp (cid:18) C T Sc (cid:19) .
Can experiments select the configurational component of excess entropy?
MeV multiple-site events (see Oberlack et al.12 and Curioni et al., accompanying paper in this proceeding).
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
In practice, this is always accompanied by interactions and radiation.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
The buoyancy-driven increase in the radial position of the ring is therefore accompanied by a decrease in the rotation rate of the ring material.
Magnetic Fields in Massive Stars. II. The Buoyant Rise of Magnetic Flux Tubes Through the Radiative Interior