• WordNet 3.6
    • n fugue a musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
    • n fugue a dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for hours or days
    • n fugue dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who they are and leaves home to creates a new life; during the fugue there is no memory of the former life; after recovering there is no memory for events during the dissociative state
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The flesh of the puffer fish (fugu) is considered a delicacy in Japan. It is prepared by chefs specially trained and certified by the government to prepare the flesh free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Despite these precautions, many cases of tetrodotoxin poisoning are reported each year in patients ingesting fugu. Poisonings usually occur after eating fish caught and prepared by uncertified handlers. The end result, in most cases, is death.
    • n Fugue (Mus) A polyphonic composition, developed from a given theme or themes, according to strict contrapuntal rules. The theme is first given out by one voice or part, and then, while that pursues its way, it is repeated by another at the interval of a fifth or fourth, and so on, until all the parts have answered one by one, continuing their several melodies and interweaving them in one complex progressive whole, in which the theme is often lost and reappears. "All parts of the scheme are eternally chasing each other, like the parts of a fugue ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fugue In music, a polyphonic composition based upon one, two, or even more themes, which are enunciated by the several voices or parts in turn, subjected to various kinds of contrapuntal treatment, and gradually built up into a complex form having somewhat distinct divisions or stages of development and a marked climax at the end. The most general divisions of a fugue are the exposition, the development, and the conclusion. A strict fugue is one in which each division is developed symmetrically and in a purely contrapuntal manner; while a free fugue is one that is irregular or incomplete in plan or detail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fugue fūg (mus.) a form of composition in which the subject is given out by one part and immediately taken up by a second, its answer, during which the first part supplies an accompaniment or counter-subject, and so on
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. fuga, fr. L. fuga, a fleeing, flight, akin to fugere, to fiee. See Fugitive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. fuga—L. fuga, flight.


In literature:

The Well-Tempered Clavier (48 Preludes and Fugues).
"Story-Lives of Great Musicians" by Francis Jameson Rowbotham
From time to time, at the end of each piece, he rose and leaned over me, turning the pages to point out another Fugue or Intermezzo.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
A new element came into music, incompatible with fugue, requiring a different form of expression, and incapable of combination with fugue.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Such a wig was a fugue in itself.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
Scarlatti and Bach would laugh at the efforts styled 'canon' and 'fugue,' by the aspiring tyros of the present age.
"Continental Monthly , Vol. 6, No. 1, July, 1864" by Various
She is credited with a number of organ fugues, as well as a piano sonata.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
To you, your counterpoint, your fugue, the infallible, unquestionable sequence of one-two-three.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
The tempo then quickens and the two themes so far heard are worked up into a brief but tempestuous fugue.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
Publishers did not leap at the organ fugue in C as they ought to have done.
"Cruel Barbara Allen" by David Christie Murray
Prelude and Fugue in C minor.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews

In poetry:

Hist, but a word, fair and soft!
Forth and be judged, Master Hugues!
Answer the question I've put you so oft:
What do you mean by your mountainous fugues?
See, we're alone in the loft,—-
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
Friend, your fugue taxes the finger
Learning it once, who would lose it?
Yet all the while a misgiving will linger,
Truth's golden o'er us although we refuse it—-
Nature, thro' cobwebs we string her.
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
So your fugue broadens and thickens,
Greatens and deepens and lengthens,
Till we exclaim—-``But where's music, the dickens?
``Blot ye the gold, while your spider-web strengthens
``—-Blacked to the stoutest of tickens?''
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

A mosh pit gives way to a fugue state in Ben Russell's Black and White Trypps Number Three at BAM.
A Japanese chef wants to convince people that the deadly fish known as fugu is perfectly safe in the right hands.
Brandenburg Concerto 5 and the "Große Fugue".
From a gallery above comes a burst of trombone fanfare, then a brilliant Baroque fugue on a stately pipe organ.
Fugu , fests and more.
The Hamilton Vows to Wow ( Fugu or No Fugu ).
Jason Zheng is hankering to get his hands on some fugu .
In a country where paranoia about pesticides and such is not to be sniffed at, a fish named fugu may soon be smelling like a rose.
Funny thing, that, because eating fugu , until recently served only in Japan, is a lot like playing Russian roulette.
The Fugue at Santa Anita on October 31.
Breeders' Cup Morning with The Fugue .
John Gosden Walks The Fugue to the Turf at Santa Anita Oct 31.
Hughes Times The Fugue Just Right in Nassau.
The Fugue (right, pink silks) overtakes Timepiece (left) to win the Nassau Stakes.
Cows, pains, fugues and insects: Mid-'80s Charlottesville punk act Baby Opaque makes its catalogue available online for those who dare to download.

In science:

Finally, observe that if 0 ≤ fl ≤ f ≤ fu and 0 ≤ gl ≤ g ≤ gu , we also have fl gl ≤ f g ≤ fugu .
Significance testing in quantile regression