• WordNet 3.6
    • n harmony compatibility in opinion and action
    • n harmony an agreeable sound property
    • n harmony the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords
    • n harmony agreement of opinions
    • n harmony a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
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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.
    • Harmony A literary work which brings together or arranges systematically parallel passages of historians respecting the same events, and shows their agreement or consistency; as, a harmony of the Gospels.
    • Harmony (Mus) A succession of chords according to the rules of progression and modulation.
    • Harmony Concord or agreement in facts, opinions, manners, interests, etc.; good correspondence; peace and friendship; as, good citizens live in harmony .
    • Harmony (Anat) See Harmonic suture, under Harmonic.
    • Harmony The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or combination of things, or in things intended to form a connected whole; such an agreement between the different parts of a design or composition as to produce unity of effect; as, the harmony of the universe.
    • Harmony (Mus) The science which treats of their construction and progression.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harmony A combination of tones that is pleasing to the ear; concord of sounds or tones.
    • n harmony Especially, in music: Music in general, regarded as an agreeable combination of tones.
    • n harmony Any simultaneous combination of consonant or related tones; a concord.
    • n harmony Specifically, a common chord or triad. See triad. It is tonic when based directly on the tonic or key-note, dominant when based on the dominant or fifth tone of the key.
    • n harmony The entire chordal structure of a piece, as distinguished from its melody or its rhythm. Harmony is two-part, three-part, four-part, etc., according to the number of the voice-parts employed. It is strict or false, according to its observance of established rules of chord-formation and voice-progression. It is simple when not more than one of the essential tones of the chords is doubled, compound when two or more of those tones are doubled; compound harmony requires more than four voice-parts. It is close when the voice-parts lie as close together as the structure of the chords will allow; dispersed, extended, open, or spread, when they are so separated that by transposition of an octave any one would fall between two others. It is plain when only essential tones are used and when derived chords are but sparingly introduced; figured, when suspensions, anticipations, passing-notes, etc., are used for melodic and rhythmic variety, or when foreign tones are frequently introduced. It is diatonic when only the tones of a given key are used, chromatic when other tones also appear. It is pure when performed in pure intonation, tempered when performed in tempered intonation.
    • n harmony The science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords: the fundamental branch of the science of musical composition. It regards composition rather vertically than horizontally, noting especially the chords involved, and studying the voice-parts only so far as their nature or relations affect the value and interrelation of the successive chords. It treats of the following topics: intervals, consonant or dissonant, typical or derived, perfect, major, minor, diminished, or augmented; chords, both triads and seventh-chords, typical and derived (with their inversions), major, minor, diminished, and augmented, with their esthetic value both independently and comparatively; voice-progression, from chord to chord, direct, oblique or opposite, pure or false, including the preparation and resolution of discords; suspensions, anticipations, passing-notes, and all other melodic interferences with regular chords, including figuration; tonality or keyship, with special regard to the relations of the tonic and dominant chords, to the use of derived chords, and to the formation of cadences; modulation, or the alteration of tonality by the use of tones foreign to the original key, with the classification of key-relationships; thorough-bass, the science of indicating harmonic facts by figures and signs appended to the notes of a given bass. Harmony is now technically distinguished from counterpoint, and regarded as the more elementary branch of composition; but historically counterpoint preceded it by some centuries. Harmony in the modern sense did not become possible until between 1550 and 1600, when the esthetic value of chords as such was recognized for the first time in scientific music. Its development since that time has been steady and radically important to musical history. Its rules have been modified more or less so as to admit to usage, under certain conditions, many chord-formations and voice-progressions at first regarded as entirely impermissible. The growth of instrumental music, especially of that for the organ and pianoforte, has considerably influenced the conception of harmonic canons, leading them away from the simplicity originally derived from a purely vocal standard. Acoustical researches have also, from time to time, led to rearrangements of harmonic material. The great body of harmonic principles is now substantially accepted by all theorists, in nearly identical form, as the only sound basis for a thorough science of composition or a just method of criticism. Numerous efforts have been made by the profounder musical theorists to discover more comprehensive principles of composition from which the ordinary rules of harmony may be deduced, but with as yet but uncertain practical result.
    • n harmony Any arrangement or combination of related parts or elements that is consistent or is esthetically pleasing; agreement of particulars according to some standard of consistency or of the esthetic judgment; an accordant, agreeable, or suitable conjunction or assemblage of details; concord; congruity. Harmony is to be distinguished from symmetry: thus, in a symmetrical building, two opposite wings are exactly identical, though usually with the architectural members in inverse order, while in a harmonious building the two wings need not be identical in a single detail, if they balance each other so as to form, taken together, a pleasing and consistent whole.
    • n harmony Accord, as in action or feeling; agreement, as in sentiment or interests; concurrence; good understanding; peace and friendship.
    • n harmony A collation of parallel passages from different works treating of the same subject, for the purpose of showing their agreement and of explaining their apparent discrepancies. Specifically — A consecutive account of all the facts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, presented in the language of the gospel narratives, so brought together as to present as nearly as possible the true chronological order, with the different accounts of the same transactions placed side by side to supplement one another.
    • n harmony In anatomy, same as harmonia, 1.
    • n harmony The tonic, dominant, and subdominant triads of a major key.
    • n harmony Correspondence, consistency, congruity; amity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Harmony här′mo-ni a fitting together of parts so as to form a connected whole, agreement in relation: in art, a normal state of completeness and order in the relations of things to each other:
    • n Harmony här′mo-ni (mus.) a simultaneous combination of accordant sounds: the whole chordal structure of a piece, as distinguished from its melody or its rhythm: concord, music in general: a collation of parallel passages regarding the same event arranged to demonstrate the substantial unity—as of the Gospels
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  • Etty Hilsum
    Etty Hilsum
    “One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life.”
  • Doug Floyd
    Doug Floyd
    “You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.”
  • Benny Green
    Benny Green
    “A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.”
  • Charles Wright
    Charles Wright
    “It's linkage I'm talking about, and harmonies and structures, And all the various things that lock our wrists to the past.”
  • James Allen
    “Harmony is one phase of the law whose spiritual expression is love.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “With the eye made quiet by power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. harmonie, L. harmonia, Gr. "armoni`a joint, proportion, concord, fr. "armo`s a fitting or joining. See Article
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. harmoniaharmos, a fitting—arein, to fit.


In literature:

And to-day there are no longer musical rules, forbidden harmonies, dissonances.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
She was on her way to Consul Cinatti's house, and was walking, for the Portuguese Consulate was quite close to Harmony.
"The Petticoat Commando" by Johanna Brandt
Music itself, the art of tone-sequence, they called harmony.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Their characters and judgments have lacked harmony, and their lives have been marked by the same deficiencies.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
With these objects all good governments must be in harmony.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
It is the magical touch which reduces to harmony the quivering vibrations of many opposites.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Ere long, a period approached when the harmony which had hitherto prevailed was about to be broken.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
He will feel a sense of harmony.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
It will make you kind and gentle and generous, if you have the wish to be in perfect harmony with it.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
Harmony usually follows a bitter convention quarrel.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander

In poetry:

She walks within her wild harmonious maze,
Weaving her melodies from doubt and haze,
And leaves us freed from care
Like children standing there.
"Andante - Beethoven's Sixth Symphony" by Annie Adams Fields
But long have I lingered, and watch'd in vain,
To see the light of the starry train
Sweep in beauty across the sky,
To tones of heavenly harmony.
"The Indian Cupid" by Louisa Stuart Costello
And thou, too curious ear, that fain
Wouldst thread the maze of Harmony,
Content thee with one simple strain,
The lowlier, sure, the worthier thee;
"Fourth Sunday In Advent" by John Keble
And sometimes dreamed our lisping songs
Of humanhood
Might voice his silent harmony
Of waste and wood,
And he, beholding his and ours,
Might find it good.
"L'envoi" by John Charles McNeill
Thus, lovely maid! on fluttering wings,
Thy pow'rs a thousand fears pursue,
Which, like thy own harmonious strings,
When press'd enchant, and tremble too!
"Lines To An Accomplished Young Lady" by Sir John Carr
Praise him ye loud harmonious Spheres,
Whose Sacred Stamp all Nature bears,
Who did all Forms from the rude Chaos draw,
And whose Command is th'universal Law:
"A Paraphrase On The CXLVIIIth Psalm" by Wentworth Dillon

In news:

I am sucker for harmony and these guys deliver like no others.
The group's harmony-laden recordings of politically minded songs by Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger ushered them to the top of the sales charts in the 1960s.
Nov 17, at 7:30 pm, the Worcester Men of Song Chorus will perform "The Fabulous Forties ," a barbershop harmony concert, at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St, Worcester.
Enjoy the harmonious voices of the Free Church of Tonga's Choir at the Baldwin Home lawn on Thursday, Dec 8, from 11 am to 12:30 p.m. Bring your lunch, mats, chairs, friends and family for this free treat.
Soaring harmonies and heartbreaking lyrics shook a sold-out crowd at the Huntington Center today as the Rascal Flatts brought home a strong lineup of performances.
Donors, volunteers transforming old Camp Montvale into Harmony Family Center.
The 2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, 316th Cavalry Brigade, conducted its first Armor Basic Officer Leader Course tank gunnery range July 12 at Brooks Range on Harmony Church.
Backup harmonies head to the front.
Lovelace strikes the harmony and calls up the civility we seek today for ourselves and our kids.
Serve up a harmonious Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Harmonious Commands $2.8 Million at Keeneland.
Certainly, many places here have more grace, more age, more harmony than the Palace of Topkapi and its mesh of pavilions and styles.
Singer-songwriter describes how his new album is nothing but imperfect harmonies.
Serj Tankian, "Imperfect Harmonies".
System of a Down's Serj Tankian Stays Busy With 'Harmonies'.

In science:

It is worth noting that al l the results obtained above, are in great harmony with each other.
A General Variational Principle of Classical Field and Its Application to General relativity I
The conceptual framework of relativistic quantum field theory—the music paper for the harmonies of the microscopic universe—is thus a most encompassing one producing, through the marriage of  and c, quite a unification of concepts accounting for observational facts of the physical Universe.
A Pedestrian Introduction to the Mathematical Concepts of Quantum Physics
This ma jor conclusion from the model also resolves the HubbleSandage paradox on the scale of ∼ 10 Mpc, in harmony with our general approach to the old puzzle (Sec.1).
Dark energy domination in the Virgocentric flow
Verschelde, “A refinement of the Gribov-Zwanziger approach in the Landau gauge: infrared propagators in harmony with the lattice results,” Phys.
The dynamical origin of the refinement of the Gribov-Zwanziger theory
Now the harmony of the mutual relationship in the theory is such that I no longer have the slightest doubt about its correctness.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity