harmony in which the voices, excluding the bass, occur within an octave or, sometimes, within the interval of a tenth.
a type of singing in which all the parts except the bass lie close together and are confined to the compass of a tenth
[klohs-hawld] /ˈkloʊsˈhɔld/ adjective, adverb, Nautical. 1. as close to the wind as a vessel will sail, with sails as flat as possible; full and by. /ˌkləʊsˈhɔːld/ adjective 1. (nautical) with the sails flat, so as to sail as close to the wind as possible
[klohz] /kloʊz/ noun, Armor. 1. a completely closed helmet of the late 15th century and after, having a facial defense composed of a visor and beaver or of a visor, ventail, and beaver attached to a pivot on each side.
[klohs-in] /ˈkloʊsˌɪn/ adjective 1. near, as to a common center; adjacent, especially to a city: The city is enveloping its close-in suburbs. 2. occurring or provided at close quarters: Fighter planes provided daring close-in air support.
[klohs] /kloʊs/ noun, Phonetics. 1. continuity in the articulation of two successive sounds, as in the normal transition between sounds within a word; absence of juncture (opposed to ). Compare (def 7), , .