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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Counterpoint  \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. 
  North. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Counterpoint  \Coun"ter*point`\  (koun"t?r-point`),  n.  [Counter-  + 
  point.] 
  An  opposite  point  [Obs.]  --Sir  E.  Sandys. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Counterpoint  \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 
  melodies. 
  c  Music  in  parts  part  writing;  harmony;  polyphonic  music. 
  See  {Polyphony}. 
 
  Counterpoint,  an  invention  equivalent  to  a  new 
  creation  of  music.  --Whewell. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  counterpoint 
  n  :  a  musical  form  involving  the  simultaneous  sound  of  two  or 
  more  melodies 
  v  :  to  show  differences  when  compared;  be  different  [syn:  {contrast}] 




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