- consisting of many voices or sounds.
- 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.
- Phonetics. having more than one phonetic value, as the letter s, that is voiced (z) in nose and unvoiced (s) in salt.
Origin of polyphonic
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- music composed of relatively independent melodic lines or parts; contrapuntal
- phonetics of, relating to, or denoting a polyphone
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Word Origin and History for polyphonically
1782, formed in English from Greek polyphonos (see polyphony).
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