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4 definitions found
 for Symphony
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The trumpets sound,
              And warlike symphony in heard around. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A stringed instrument formerly in use, somewhat resembling
        the virginal.
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              With harp and pipe and symphony.      --Chaucer.
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     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.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  symphony
      n 1: a long and complex sonata for symphony orchestra [syn:
           symphony, symphonic music]
      2: a large orchestra; can perform symphonies; "we heard the
         Vienna symphony" [syn: symphony orchestra, symphony,
         philharmonic]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  128 Moby Thesaurus words for "symphony":
     German band, Philharmonic, accord, accordance, affinity, agape,
     agreement, amity, attune, attunement, band, big band,
     bonds of harmony, brass, brass band, brass choir, brass quintet,
     brass section, brasses, brotherly love, callithumpian band,
     caritas, cement of friendship, chamber orchestra, charity, chime,
     chiming, classic, classical music, combo, communion, community,
     community of interests, compatibility, concentus, concert,
     concert band, concert music, concertino, concerto, concerto grosso,
     concord, concordance, congeniality, consonance, consonancy,
     consort, correspondence, desks, diapason, dixieland band, empathy,
     ensemble, esprit, esprit de corps, euphony, feeling of identity,
     fellow feeling, fellowship, frictionlessness, gamelan orchestra,
     good vibes, good vibrations, group, happy family, harmonics,
     harmony, heavy harmony, homophony, identity, jazz band, jug band,
     kinship, like-mindedness, longhair music, love, military band,
     monochord, monody, mutuality, oneness, orchestra, peace,
     philharmonic, quartet, quintet, ragtime band, rapport,
     rapprochement, reciprocity, rhapsody, rock-and-roll group,
     semiclassical music, sextet, sharing, sinfonietta, skiffle band,
     solidarity, steel band, street band, string band, string choir,
     string orchestra, string quartet, strings, swing band, sympathy,
     symphonia, symphonic music, symphonic ode, symphony orchestra,
     synchronism, synchronization, team spirit, three-part harmony,
     tone poem, trio, tune, understanding, union, unison, unisonance,
     unity, waits, woodwind, woodwind choir, woodwind quartet,
     woodwinds
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Symphony
  
      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.
  
     (1995-03-28)
  

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