polyphone

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n polyphone a letter that has two or more pronunciations "`c' is a polyphone because it is pronounced like `k' in `car' but like `s' in `cell'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Polyphone A character or vocal sign representing more than one sound, as read, which is pronounced rēd or rĕd.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polyphone A written sign capable of being read in more than one way, or standing for two or more phonetic signs.
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Usage

In literature:

What you want is polyphonic music.
"The Wrong Box" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
The Old Dear now put a penny in the slot of the polyphone, and winding it up started it playing.
"The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell
His polyphonic style and interweaving themes demand close study in order to make the meaning clear.
"Violin Mastery" by Frederick H. Martens
I thoroughly believe in the value of polyphonic music as a mental study; it is a necessity.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
Then follows a short Allegro in three-four time, of polyphonic character.
"The Pianoforte Sonata" by J.S. Shedlock
Both men went to school to Bach and the polyphonic masters.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
The frottola was a secular song, written in polyphonic style.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
I like movement, rhythmical variety, polyphonic life.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
The polyphonic compositions of the schools in consideration in the present chapter go farther than this.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
Though the whole music is polyphoneous the easy flow of its melodies is hardly ever interrupted except in the highly dramatic moments.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
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In news:

One of Dallas' best bands, the Polyphonic Spree, debuts Dallas' best park.
Polyphonic Spree performs during the Grand Opening weekend of the Klyde Warren Park over Woodall Rodgers freeway in Dallas, Texas Saturday, October 27, 2012.
Want to complain that the Polyphonic Spree has an unfair advantage in this category.
Watch Norman Music Festival alumnus The Polyphonic Spree go over the top for the holidays.
After a brief hiatus, The Polyphonic Spree returns to spread its sweet brand of symphonic pop to all its followers.
The Polyphonic Spree is choral symphony of singers and players from Dallas, Texas.
Tim DeLaughter's post-album vision for the Polyphonic Spree.
Being a member of The Polyphonic Spree.
There is nothing conventional about the Polyphonic Spree.
New local tunes, info on that Polyphonic Spree show, and a free Flaming Lips documentary.
Polyphonic Spree @ Webster Hall: May 23, 2012.
A brief history of the Polyphonic Spree , as told through wardrobe changes: white robes (the uplifting choir of angels on 2002 debut The Beginning Stages of ).
The Polyphonic Spree Hearts You.
Polyphonic Spree Follow the Light.
The Polyphonic Spree Goes Paramilitary.
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In science:

It belongs to the family of instruments called chordophones (which produce sound from vibrating strings), and allows the soloist to perform complex melodic and polyphonic music pieces in much the same manner as the piano.
Music in Terms of Science
This enables the player to produce properly sounding chords that require complicated fingering for pressing multiple strings simultaneously in polyphonic music playing.
Music in Terms of Science
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