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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Symphony  \Sym"pho*ny\,  n.;  pl  {Symphonies}.  [F.  symphonie  (cf. 
  It  sinfonia),  L.  symphonia,  Gr  ?;  sy`n  with  +  ?  a  sound, 
  the  voice.  See  {Phonetic}.] 
  1.  A  consonance  or  harmony  of  sounds,  agreeable  to  the  ear, 
  whether  the  sounds  are  vocal  or  instrumental,  or  both 
  The  trumpets  sound,  And  warlike  symphony  in  heard 
  around  --Dryden. 
  2.  A  stringed  instrument  formerly  in  use  somewhat  resembling 
  the  virginal. 
  With  harp  and  pipe  and  symphony.  --Chaucer. 
  3.  (Mus.) 
  a  An  elaborate  instrumental  composition  for  a  full 
  orchestra,  consisting  usually,  like  the  sonata,  of 
  three  or  four  contrasted  yet  inwardly  related 
  movements,  as  the  allegro,  the  adagio,  the  minuet  and 
  trio,  or  scherzo,  and  the  finale  in  quick  time.  The 
  term  has  recently  been  applied  to  large  orchestral 
  works  in  freer  form  with  arguments  or  programmes  to 
  explain  their  meaning,  such  as  the  ``symphonic  poems'' 
  of  Liszt.  The  term  was  formerly  applied  to  any 
  composition  for  an  orchestra,  as  overtures,  etc.,  and 
  still  earlier,  to  certain  compositions  partly  vocal, 
  partly  instrumental. 
  b  An  instrumental  passage  at  the  beginning  or  end  or  in 
  the  course  of  a  vocal  composition;  a  prelude, 
  interlude,  or  postude;  a  ritornello. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  long  and  complex  sonata  for  symphony  orchestra  [syn:  {symphonic 
  2:  a  large  orchestra;  can  perform  symphonies;  "we  heard  the 
  Vienna  symphony"  [syn:  {symphony  orchestra}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    {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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