- having two or more voices or parts, each with an independent melody, but all harmonizing; contrapuntal (opposed to homophonic).
- pertaining to music of this kind.
- capable of producing more than one tone at a time, as an organ or a harp.
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OTHER WORDS FROM polyphonicpol·y·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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It runs as a polyphonic symphony compared to the simple percussion section of the heart or the synchronized cellos of the liver.
Its clean, crisp sound also allows individual lines to emerge clearly from a polyphonic musical texture.Harpsichords and Clavichords|Cynthia A. Hoover
They are merely little pieces—a "tour de force" in polyphonic ingenuity; music rejoicing in its own inherent vitality.Music: An Art and a Language|Walter Raymond Spalding
The conscious part has to do with dressing the inspiration in its most appropriate harmonic, polyphonic, and rhythmic garments.Great Pianists on Piano Playing|James Francis Cooke