[puh-lif-uh-nee] /pəˈlɪf ə ni/
Music. polyphonic composition; counterpoint.
Phonetics. representation of different sounds by the same letter or symbol.
noun (pl) -nies
polyphonic style of composition or a piece of music utilizing it
the use of polyphones in a writing system
1828, “multiplicity of sounds,” from Greek polyphonia “variety of sounds,” from polyphonos “having many sounds or voices,” from polys “many” (see poly-) + phone “voice, sound” (see fame (n.)). The meaning “counterpoint” (1864) is perhaps a back-formation from the adjective.
noun, Chemistry. 1. a white, water-insoluble, polyvinyl acetal made with butyraldehyde, used chiefly as an interlayer in the manufacture of safety glass.
noun, Chemistry. 1. a white, water-insoluble, thermoplastic resin, derived by the polymerization of vinyl chloride: used chiefly for thin coatings, insulation, and pipings. noun 1. the full name of PVC polyvinyl chloride n. Abbr. PVC A common thermoplastic vinyl that is used in a variety of manufactured products. polyvinyl chloride (pŏl’ē-vī’nəl) A synthetic resin, composed […]
[fawr-mal] /ˈfɔr mæl/ noun, Chemistry. 1. a colorless, water-insoluble, polyvinyl acetal produced from partially hydrolyzed polyvinyl acetate and formaldehyde, used chiefly in the manufacture of lacquers.
[pol-ee-vahy-nil-i-deen] /ˌpɒl i vaɪˈnɪl ɪˌdin/ adjective, Chemistry. 1. pertaining to or derived from a polymer of a vinylidene compound.