consonance: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kon'su-nuns), [key]
— n.
  1. accord or agreement.
  2. correspondence of sounds; harmony of sounds.
  3. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose. Cf. dissonance (def. 2). See illus. under
    1. the correspondence of consonants, esp. those at the end of a word, in a passage of prose or verse. Cf. alliteration (def. 1).
    2. the use of the repetition of consonants or consonant patterns as a rhyming device.
  4. the property of two sounds the frequencies of which have a ratio equal to a small whole number.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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