- agreement; accord; harmonious relations.
- a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.
- any simultaneous combination of tones.
- the simultaneous combination of tones, especially when blended into chords pleasing to the ear; chordal structure, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
- the science of the structure, relations, and practical combination of chords.
- an arrangement of the contents of the Gospels, either of all four or of the first three, designed to show their parallelism, mutual relations, and differences.
Origin of harmony
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Examples from the Web for harmony
As a young baby, her mother would sing her lullabies and “get totally freaked out” when she started singing them back in harmony.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
Low-mass black holes “sing” in harmony with themselves, though with flashes of light instead of sound.The Goldilocks of Black Holes
Matthew R. Francis
August 24, 2014
He wanted peace and harmony, and in this respect he was just another Roman ruler interested in imperial unity.Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis's Masterstroke
June 8, 2014
Sometimes you read a story and everything about it is in harmony—narrative, character, setting, emotion, and insight.The Death of a Rodeo Cowboy
May 11, 2014
At times, the interaction between Americans and Russians below has been matched by the harmony above.There’s No Cold War in Space for Astronauts and Cosmonauts
March 21, 2014
The very spirit of harmony is embodied in the proportions of the Parthenon.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The strong are strong because of harmony with God, at least to some extent.
All ferocity must be misinterpretation of the divine law of harmony and mutual help.
I had to get mentally into harmony with the people and conditions I found about me.
But for the sake of peace and harmony he was willing to decorate all round.
- agreement in action, opinion, feeling, etc; accord
- order or congruity of parts to their whole or to one another
- agreeable sounds
- a collation of the material of parallel narratives, esp of the four Gospels
Word Origin and History for harmony
late 14c., from Old French armonie "harmony," also the name of a musical instrument (12c.), from Latin harmonia, from Greek harmonia "agreement, concord of sounds," also as a proper name, the personification of music, literally "means of joining," used of ship-planks, etc., also "settled government, order," related to harmos "fastenings of a door; shoulder," from PIE *ar-ti-, from *ar- "to fit together" (see arm (n.1)). Musical sense is oldest in English; that of "agreement of feeling, concord" is from late 14c.
The sounding of two or more musical notes at the same time in a way that is pleasant or desired. Harmony, melody, and rhythm are elements of music.