Definitions for: Counterpoint

[n] a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies
[v] write in counterpoint
[v] to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

Webster (1913) Definition: Coun"ter*point` (koun"t?r-point`), n. [Counter- +
An opposite point [Obs.] --Sir E. Sandys.

Coun"ter*point`, n. [F. contrepoint; cf. It.
contrappunto. Cf. Contrapuntal.] (Mus.)
(a) The setting of note against note in harmony; the adding
of one or more parts to a given canto fermo or melody.
(b) The art of polyphony, or composite melody, i. e., melody
not single, but moving attended by one or more related
(c) Music in parts; part writing; harmony; polyphonic music.
See Polyphony.

Counterpoint, an invention equivalent to a new
creation of music. --Whewell.

Coun"ter*point`, n. [OF. contrepoincte,
corruption of earlier counstepointe, countepointe, F.
courtepointe, fr. L. culcita cushion, mattress (see Quilt,
and cf. Cushion) + puncta, fem. p. p. of pungere to prick
(see Point). The word properly meant a stitched quilt, with
the colors broken one into another.]
A coverlet; a cover for a bed, often stitched or broken into
squares; a counterpane. See 1st Counterpane.

Embroidered coverlets or counterpoints of purple silk.
--Sir T.

Synonyms: contrast

See Also: compose, concerted music, conflict, counterbalance, differ, foil, oppose, polyphonic music, polyphony, turn the scales, write

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