- 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM polyphonicpol·y·phon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use polyphonic in a sentence
It runs as a polyphonic symphony compared to the simple percussion section of the heart or the synchronized cellos of the liver.
I institute quite early what I call polyphonic technic—one hand doing a different movement or touch from the other.
I thoroughly believe in the value of polyphonic music as a mental study; it is a necessity.
Then follows a short Allegro in three-four time, of polyphonic character.The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
The Gloria begins with a triumphant polyphonic chorus accompanied by a spirited symphony for strings.
The easiest solution would have been to use some such polyphonic instrument as the piano or harmonium.An Autobiography|Igor Stravinsky