- coincidence in pitch of two or more musical tones, voices, etc.
- the musical interval of a perfect prime.
- the performance of musical parts at the same pitch or at the octave.
- a sounding together in octaves, especially of male and female voices or of higher and lower instruments of the same class.
- a process in which all elements behave in the same way at the same time; simultaneous or synchronous parallel action: to march in unison.
- in unison, in perfect accord; corresponding exactly: My feelings on the subject are in unison with yours.
Origin of unison
Examples from the Web for unison
She found a way to make little kitten steps to the microphone in unison with the music.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
Pointing to the elevator bank, they say in unison, "Eleventh floor."Backstage at the Razzie Awards, Honoring Hollywood’s Worst Films
March 2, 2014
We sobbed in unison when Meryl Streep could barely talk about her husband without becoming visibly verklempt and touched.The Most ‘WTF’ Oscar Moments Ever: Rob Lowe’s Duet with Snow White, Sacheen Littlefeather, and the Streaker
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
February 27, 2014
At that point Carl and I said in unison: “Are you kidding me?”‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Premiere Review of ‘After’: What if Rick Was Dead?
February 10, 2014
They stop and, in straight lines, practice punch and kick moves in unison.‘Web Junkie’ Is a Harrowing Documentary on China’s Internet Addiction Rehab Clinics
January 20, 2014
It is desirable to have these experiments at least worked by the class in unison.College Teaching
Their hands met and clasped fervently and, again in unison, they said, “Thank God!”The Plunderer
"We will try it again," said he, and this time led the voices all in unison.Gilian The Dreamer
There is not a circumstance but is in unison with the wild grandeur of the scene.A Tour in Ireland
Then, in unison, both earthquake and wind died to absolute quiescence.Wind
Charles Louis Fontenay
- the interval between two sounds of identical pitch
- (modifier)played or sung at the same pitchunison singing
- complete agreement; harmony (esp in the phrase in unison)
- (in Britain) a trade union representing local government, health care, and other workers: formed in 1993 by the amalgamation of COHSE, NALGO, and NUPE
Word Origin and History for unison
1570s, from Middle French unisson "unison, accord of sound" (16c.), from Medieval Latin unisonus "having one sound, sounding the same," from Late Latin unisonius "in immediate sequence in the scale, monotonous," from Latin uni- "one" (see one) + sonus "sound" (see sound (n.1)). Sense of "harmonious agreement" is first attested 1640s.