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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harmony  \Har"mo*ny\,  n.;  pl  {Harmonies}.  [  F.  harmonic,  L. 
  harmonia,  Gr  ?  joint,  proportion,  concord,  fr  ?  a  fitting 
  or  joining.  See  {Article}.  ] 
  1.  The  just  adaptation  of  parts  to  each  other  in  any  system 
  or  combination  of  things  or  in  things  or  things  intended 
  to  form  a  connected  whole;  such  an  agreement  between  the 
  different  parts  of  a  design  or  composition  as  to  produce 
  unity  of  effect;  as  the  harmony  of  the  universe. 
 
  2.  Concord  or  agreement  in  facts,  opinions,  manners, 
  interests,  etc.;  good  correspondence;  peace  and 
  friendship;  as  good  citizens  live  in  harmony. 
 
  3.  A  literary  work  which  brings  together  or  arranges 
  systematically  parallel  passages  of  historians  respecting 
  the  same  events,  and  shows  their  agreement  or  consistency; 
  as  a  harmony  of  the  Gospels. 
 
  4.  (Mus.) 
  a  A  succession  of  chords  according  to  the  rules  of 
  progression  and  modulation. 
  b  The  science  which  treats  of  their  construction  and 
  progression. 
 
  Ten  thousand  harps,  that  tuned  Angelic 
  harmonies.  --Milton. 
 
  5.  (Anat.)  See  {Harmonic  suture},  under  {Harmonic}. 
 
  {Close  harmony},  {Dispersed  harmony},  etc  See  under  {Close}, 
  {Dispersed},  etc 
 
  {Harmony  of  the  spheres}.  See  {Music  of  the  spheres},  under 
  {Music}. 
 
  Syn:  {Harmony},  {Melody}. 
 
  Usage:  Harmony  results  from  the  concord  of  two  or  more 
  strains  or  sounds  which  differ  in  pitch  and  quality. 
  Melody  denotes  the  pleasing  alternation  and  variety  of 
  musical  and  measured  sounds,  as  they  succeed  each 
  other  in  a  single  verse  or  strain. 




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