noun, plural symphonies.

an elaborate instrumental composition in three or more movements, similar in form to a sonata but written for an orchestra and usually of far grander proportions and more varied elements.
an instrumental passage occurring in a vocal composition, or between vocal movements in a composition.
an instrumental piece, often in several movements, forming the overture to an opera or the like.

symphony orchestra.
a concert performed by a symphony orchestra.
anything characterized by a harmonious combination of elements, especially an effective combination of colors.
harmony of sounds.
Archaic. agreement; concord.
noun (pl) -nies
an extended large-scale orchestral composition, usually with several movements, at least one of which is in sonata form. The classical form of the symphony was fixed by Haydn and Mozart, but the innovations of subsequent composers have freed it entirely from classical constraints. It continues to be a vehicle for serious, large-scale orchestral music
a piece of instrumental music in up to three very short movements, used as an overture to or interlude in a baroque opera
any purely orchestral movement in a vocal work, such as a cantata or oratorio
short for symphony orchestra
(in musical theory, esp of classical Greece)

another word for consonance (sense 3) Compare diaphony (sense 2)
the interval of unison

anything distinguished by a harmonious composition: the picture was a symphony of green
(archaic) harmony in general; concord

symphony definition

An extended musical composition for orchestra in several movements, typically four. Among the composers especially known for their symphonies are Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Franz Josef Haydn, Gustav Mahler, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
tool, product
Lotus Development’s successor to their Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet. Unlike 1-2-3, Symphony allowed a limited form of multitasking. The user could switch manually between it and MS-DOS and separate graph and spreadsheet windows could be opened simultaneously and would be updated automatically when cells were changed. In addition, a small word processor could be opened in a third window. These all could be printed out on the same report. Symphony could read and write Lotus 1-2-3 files and had interactive graphical output and a word processor, thus making it effectively a report generator. Unlike 1-2-3, Symphony was not a great commercial success.


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    adjective 1. of, relating to, or noting a symphysis. symphysial sym·phys·i·al (sĭm-fĭz’ē-əl) or sym·phy·se·al (sĭm’-fĭ-sē’əl, sĭm-fĭz’ē-əl) adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by a symphysis.

  • Symphysion

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  • Symphysiotomy

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