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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Unison  \U"ni*son\  (?;  277),  a.  [Cf.  It  unisono.  See  {Unison}, 
  1.  Sounding  alone.  [Obs.] 
  [sounds]  intermixed  with  voice,  Choral  or  unison. 
  2.  (Mus.)  Sounded  alike  in  pitch;  unisonant;  unisonous;  as 
  unison  passages,  in  which  two  or  more  parts  unite  in 
  coincident  sound. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Unison  \U"ni*son\  (?;  277),  n.  [LL.  unisonus  having  the  same 
  sound;  L.  unus  one  +  sonus  a  sound:  cf  F.  unisson,  It 
  unisono.  See  {One},  and  {Sound}  a  noise.] 
  1.  Harmony;  agreement;  concord;  union. 
  2.  (Mus.)  Identity  in  pitch;  coincidence  of  sounds  proceeding 
  from  an  equality  in  the  number  of  vibrations  made  in  a 
  given  time  by  two  or  more  sonorous  bodies.  Parts  played  or 
  sung  in  octaves  are  also  said  to  be  in  unison,  or  in 
  Note:  If  two  cords  of  the  same  substance  have  equal  length, 
  thickness,  and  tension,  they  are  said  to  be  in  unison, 
  and  their  sounds  will  be  in  unison.  Sounds  of  very 
  different  qualities  and  force  may  be  in  unison,  as  the 
  sound  of  a  bell  may  be  in  unison  with  a  sound  of  a 
  flute.  Unison,  then,  consists  in  identity  of  pitch 
  alone,  irrespective  of  quality  of  sound,  or  timbre, 
  whether  of  instruments  or  of  human  voices.  A  piece  or 
  passage  is  said  to  be  sung  or  played  in  unison  when  all 
  the  voices  or  instruments  perform  the  same  part  in 
  which  sense  unison  is  contradistinguished  from  harmony. 
  3.  A  single,  unvaried.  [R.]  --Pope. 
  {In  unison},  in  agreement;  agreeing  in  tone;  in  concord. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  corresponding  exactly:  "marching  in  unison" 
  2:  occurring  together  or  simultaneously:  "the  two  spoke  in 
  3:  two  or  more  sounds  or  tones  at  the  same  pitch  or  in  octaves: 
  "singing  in  unison" 

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