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Webster 1913 Edition


Harmony

Har′mo-ny

(här′mō̍-ny̆)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
Harmonies
(-nĭz)
.
[F.
harmonie
, L.
harmonia
, Gr.
ἁρμονία
joint, proportion, concord, fr.
ἁρμόσ
a fitting or joining. See
Article
.]
1.
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
.
2.
Concord or agreement in facts, opinions, manners, interests, etc.; good correspondence; peace and friendship;
as, good citizens live in
harmony
.
3.
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
.
4.
(Mus.)
(a)
A succession of chords according to the rules of progression and modulation.
(b)
The science which treats of their construction and progression.
Ten thousand harps, that tuned
Angelic
harmonies
.
Milton.
5.
(Anat.)
See
Harmonic suture
, under
Harmonic
.
Syn.
Harmony
,
Melody
.
Harmony results from the concord of two or more strains or sounds which differ in pitch and quality. Melody denotes the pleasing alternation and variety of musical and measured sounds, as they succeed each other in a single verse or strain.

Webster 1828 Edition


Harmony

H`ARMONY

,
Noun.
[L. harmonia; Gr. a setting together, a closure or seam, agreement, concert, to fit or adapt, to square.]
1.
The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or composition of things, intended to form a connected whole; as the harmony of the universe.
Equality and correspondence are the causes of harmony.
All discord,harmony not understood.
2.
Just proportion of sound; consonance; musical concord; the accordance of two or more intervals or sounds, or that union of different sounds which pleases the ear; or a succession of such sounds, called chords.
Ten thousand harps that tuned Angelic harmonies.
3.
Concord; agreement; accordance in facts; as the harmony of the gospels.
4.
Concord or agreement in views, sentiments or manners, interests, &c., good correspondence; peace and friendship.
The citizens live in harmony.
5.
Natural harmony,in music, consists of the harmonic triad or common chord. Artificial harmony, is a mixture of concords and discords. Figured harmony, is when one or more of the parts move, during the continuance of a chord,through certain notes which do not form any of the constituent parts of that chord.
6.
Perfect harmony implies the use of untempered concords only. Tempered harmony is when the notes are varied by temperament. [See Temperament.]

Definition 2022


Harmony

Harmony

See also: harmony

English

Proper noun

Harmony

  1. A female given name.
    • 2005, "SFR PICKS; ARTS AND CULTURE; Everything worth seeing, reading, hearing, eating & thinking about in Santa Fe", Santa Fe Reporter, 13 April 2005:
      Following this formula, Harmony Hammond chose an exhibition of her dark, potent, meaning-layered paintings to be complemented by the work of Haleh Niazmand.
    • 2009, Ana Vlastaras, "'Raw' talent of Harmony James", Daily Examiner (Grafton, New South Wales), 19 November 2009:
      Growing up in a family that included 12 brothers and sisters, Harmony James needed to find something that set her apart from the crowd. And boy did she succeed in that one.
    • 2011, Erik Piepenburg, "When They Play Women, It’s Not Just an Act", The New York Times, 28 July 2011:
      For someone whose only acting experience was playing a Boy George lookalike in a high school production of the musical “The Wedding Singer,” Harmony Santana is having an incredible year. Ms. Santana is making her big-screen debut in Rashaad Ernesto Green’s coming-out drama “Gun Hill Road,” which had its premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
  2. A male given name.
    • 2012, Allon Sinai, "Tamuz changes mind, remains with Reds", The Jerusalem Post, 31 January 2012:
      In other transfer news, Betar Jerusalem added Eran Levy, Haim Megrelashvili and Nigerian Harmony Ikande to its squad on Tuesday.
    • 2012, Romeo San Vincente, "Brittany S. Pierce meets Harmony Korine", Between the Lines, 3 May 2012:
      Indie filmmaker Harmony Korine is no stranger to the weird. He's built an outsider-cool reputation thanks to his early script for the '90s drama "Kids" and his later increasingly bizarre films "Gummo" (about trailer park Americana), []
    • 2013, "Williams to release new solo album", Belfast Telegraph, 22 April 2013:
      Michelle worked with producer Harmony Samuels on most of the songs on the album.

Etymology 2

Blend of Harry + Hermione, based on the common noun harmony.

Proper noun

Harmony (uncountable)

  1. (fandom slang) The ship of characters Harry Potter and Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series.
    • 2006 June 16, Deevo [username], “Re: OT - but not by far: Shippers and fan-ficcers and psychos, oh, brother...”, in alt.tv.buffy-v-slayer, Usenet:
      Oh that is bloody priceless, unfortunately I've seen some of the Harmony shippers' rants and that little piece of creative fiction could really be considered understating some of the reactions that were areound[sic] on some forums after the HBP release.
    • 2014 February 8, Darryl Homo Forests, “Re: Rowling Admits H/Hr was Better”, in alt.fan.harry-potter, Usenet:
      Did you see where that retarded **** Emerson Spaz "that the Harmony shippers were (and still are) delusional. It's Romione all the way!" []
    • 2014, Rebecca Godwin, "Romione vs. Harmony: Why do we even care?", The Michigan Daily, 10 February 2014, page 8A:
      Others, who shipped, which is the internet's way of saying supported, Harmony (Harry and Hermione), claimed superiority over the Romione shippers, claiming they always knew whom the true pairing should have been.
Synonyms

harmony

harmony

See also: Harmony

English

Noun

harmony (countable and uncountable, plural harmonies)

  1. Agreement or accord.
    • America's social harmony has depended at least to some degree on economic growth. It is easier to get along when everyone, more or less, is getting ahead. Evan Thomas, Why It’s Time to Worry, Newsweek 2010-12-04
  2. A pleasing combination of elements, or arrangement of sounds.
  3. (music) The academic study of chords.
  4. (music) Two or more notes played simultaneously to produce a chord.
  5. (music) The relationship between two distinct musical pitches (musical pitches being frequencies of vibration which produce audible sound) played simultaneously.
  6. A literary work which brings together or arranges systematically parallel passages of historians respecting the same events, and shows their agreement or consistency.
    a harmony of the Gospels

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