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Pronunciation:  'kawntur`poynt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or more melodies
  2. [v]  write in counterpoint
  3. [v]  to show differences when compared; be different; "the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

COUNTERPOINT is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: contrast
 See Also: compose, concerted music, conflict, counterbalance, differ, foil, oppose, polyphonic music, polyphony, turn the scales, write



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Coun"ter*point`\ (koun"t?r-point`), n. [Counter- +
    An opposite point [Obs.] --Sir E. Sandys.
  2. \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
    (c) Music in parts; part writing; harmony; polyphonic music.
        See {Polyphony}.
              Counterpoint, an invention equivalent to a new
              creation of music.                   --Whewell.
  3. \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.
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