- accord or agreement.
- correspondence of sounds; harmony of sounds.
- Music. a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of repose.Compare dissonance(def 2).
- Physics. the property of two sounds the frequencies of which have a ratio equal to a small whole number.
Origin of consonance
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Related Wordsconformity, correspondence, accord, concert, concord, congruence, chorus, congruity, harmony, chime, tune
Examples from the Web for consonance
In both cases, he explained, “an expert hand must constantly bring disharmony back to consonance.”Inside John Thavis’s ‘Vatican Diaries’
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 6, 2013
It was quite in consonance with his desires and his practices.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
The latter supposition is more in consonance with the word appointed.
The consonance came of itself, and ideas were born of the rhymes.The Child of Pleasure
But the decision of the Church seems most in consonance with her feelings.A Little Girl in Old Detroit
Amanda Minnie Douglas
But this does not seem in consonance with the Aristotelian use of these terms.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
- agreement, harmony, or accord
- prosody similarity between consonants, but not between vowels, as between the s and t sounds in sweet silent thoughtCompare assonance (def. 1)
- an aesthetically pleasing sensation or perception associated with the interval of the octave, the perfect fourth and fifth, the major and minor third and sixth, and chords based on these intervalsCompare dissonance (def. 3)
- an interval or chord producing this sensation
Word Origin and History for consonance
early 15c., "agreement among persons," from Old French consonance (12c.) "consonance, rhyme," from Latin consonantia "harmony, agreement," from consonantem (nominative consonans) (see consonant). Meaning "correspondence of sounds" is from 1580s.