symphony: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sim'fu-nē), [key]
— pl. -nies.
    1. an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, similar in form to a sonata but written for an orchestra and usually of far grander proportions and more varied elements.
    2. an instrumental passage occurring in a vocal composition, or between vocal movements in a composition.
    3. an instrumental piece, often in several movements, forming the overture to an opera or the like.
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  2. a concert performed by a symphony orchestra.
  3. anything characterized by a harmonious combination of elements, esp. an effective combination of colors.
  4. harmony of sounds.
  5. agreement; concord.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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