• WordNet 3.6
    • n ensemble a coordinated outfit (set of clothing)
    • n ensemble an assemblage of parts or details (as in a work of art) considered as forming a whole
    • n ensemble a group of musicians playing or singing together "a string ensemble"
    • n ensemble the chorus of a ballet company
    • n ensemble a cast other than the principals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jazz began in the 20th century, when bands in New Orleans began to apply the syncopated rhythms of ragtime to a variety of other tunes. In the first days of jazz, ensemble playing was emphasized. Only gradually did jazz come to be based on improvised solos.
    • adv Ensemble All at once; together.
    • n Ensemble The whole; all the parts taken together.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ensemble Together; all at once; simultaneously.
    • n ensemble The union of parts in a whole; all the parts of anything taken together, so that each part is considered only in relation to the whole; specifically, the general effect of a work of art, piece of music, drama, etc.
    • n ensemble In music, the union of all the performers in a concerted composition, as in a chorus with full orchestral accompaniment.
    • n ensemble In mathematics, a manifold or collection of elements, discrete or continuous, finite, infinite, or superinfinite. The elements of the ensemble are usually termed its points. The integrant parts of an ensemble are all the other ensembles whose elements are elements of it. Two ensembles whose elements are capable of being put into a one-to-one correspondence with one another are said to have the same value or to be equivalent. The first value is the smallest infinite value, or that of the ensemble of positive whole numbers. A linear ensemble is one whose elements can be brought into correspondence each with a different point of one line. A derived ensemble is one which consists of all the limits of elements in a primitive ensemble. An ensemble is said to be condensed within a certain interval if there are elements of the ensemble in every part of the interval, however small. Disconnected ensembles are ensembles which have no common element. A definite ensemble is an ensemble such that every object is either determined to be an element of it or determined not to be so, and no object is determined in both ways. An ordered ensemble is one in which the elements have a definite succession. A perfect ensemble is one which is its own derived ensemble. See number.
    • ensemble In music, same as concerted: as, an ensemble passage or work.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ensemble äng-sangb′l all the parts of a thing taken together
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  • Robert Schumann
    Robert Schumann
    “If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ensemble, together—L. in, in, simul, at the same time.


In literature:

Chorus costumes have been shown on Broadway costing $50.00 to $400.00 for each girl in the ensemble.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
But what pace and "ensemble" he got from his company!
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
His was the general point of view, his message the dramatic ensemble.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The ensemble was theatrical.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
And the odour of cologne exhaled from and subtly pervaded the ensemble.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
In making an estimate of the man it was the ensemble of his qualities that had to be considered.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
The view of the ensemble from the river shows the massiveness and general proportions in a unique and superb manner.
"The Cathedrals of Northern France" by Francis Miltoun
Only the dances and ensembles of the choruses were tried out in the afternoon.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
However, the height attained gives a noble aspect to the whole, and what is more, renders the ensemble curious rather than beautiful.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
They present an ensemble of murders committed in cool blood, a planned and premeditated thing.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand

In poetry:

Give me, O God, to sing that thought!
Give me—give him or her I love, this quenchless faith
In Thy ensemble. Whatever else withheld, withhold not from us,
Belief in plan of Thee enclosed in Time and Space;
"Song Of The Universal" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Martin Professional will be exhibiting a full ensemble of new lighting, sound, and fog effects at PLASA 2005.
She has the double misfortune of playing Jitney 's most underwritten role and not having the stage experience to hold her own with the rest of the veteran ensemble.
Sigiswald Kuijken and his ensemble La Petite Bande recorded the Bach B Minor Mass in 2003.
Peter Stenshoel's album of the week: Johannes Ockeghem's Complete Secular Music by the Medieval Ensemble of London.
France's Jean-Marc Barr and Britain's Caroline Goodall and Kate Ashfield join the all-star ensemble for the erotic epic, which also stars Shia LaBeouf and Uma Thurman.
Spokane's finest actors, a troupe of professional dancers and a small baroque ensemble have learned how to play nice this year.
Concerto Köln , Verge Ensemble, A Far Cry, and Fred Lerdahl.
For this New Sounds program, hear music by other West Coast new music ensembles.
Boston's near neighbor Somerville on Nov 3 hosted a double bill of standout small ensembles led by gifted guitarists Julian Lage and Juanito Pascual and sharing the one-of-a-kind percussionist Tupac Mantilla.
Lambchop is the moniker for Kurt Wagner whose deep baritone is surrounded by an ensemble of impeccable musicianship and soft spacious arrangements.
Lambchop is the moniker for Kurt Wagner whose deep baritone is surrounded by an ensemble of impeccable musicianship and soft spacious arrangements.
Mariss Jansons, the Latvian conductor whose recordings with the Oslo Philharmonic have brought that ensemble into the international spotlight, has been appointed music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Ensemble Theater production argues art vs religion.
The intensity that drives My Name Is Asher Lev comes close to swamping the show in its regional premiere at Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati.
Spirited and unique singer/songwriter Anjulie, hailing from Oaksville, Ontario, not only rocked the crowd on Lilith Fair's ABC Stage but also her blinged-out black ensemble.

In science:

All the properties of this ensemble can be obtained from the partition function of the ensemble Tpl of rooted, planted trees ie the trees with one point (root) marked with the condition that this marked vertex has only one branch [7, 8].
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
The matrix elements of W are either real [β = 1, chiral Gaussian Orthogonal Ensemble (chGOE)], complex [β = 2, chiral Gaussian Unitary Ensemble (chGUE)], or quaternion real [β = 4, chiral Gaussian Symplectic Ensemble (chGSE)].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Along with the invariant random matrix ensembles, the chiral ensembles are part of a larger classification scheme that also includes ensembles for the description of disordered superconductors .
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
We propose a random matrix model that interpolates between the chiral random matrix ensembles and the chiral Poisson ensemble.
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
It interpolates between the Gaussian Unitary Ensemble (b = 0) and the Poisson Ensemble (b → ∞).
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics