Meaning of polyphonic


Pronunciation: (pol"ē-fon'ik), [key]
— adj.
  1. consisting of many voices or sounds.
    1. having two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody, but all harmonizing; contrapuntal (opposed to homophonic).
    2. pertaining to music of this kind.
    3. capable of producing more than one tone at a time, as an organ or a harp.
  2. having more than one phonetic value, as the letter s, that is voiced (z) in nose and unvoiced (s) in salt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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