Definition of Dissonate

1. Verb. Be dissonant or harsh. "The violins in this piece dissonated disturbingly"

Generic synonyms: Sound
Derivative terms: Dissonant

2. Verb. Cause to sound harsh and unpleasant.
Exact synonyms: Disharmonize
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Dissonance, Dissonance, Dissonant

Definition of Dissonate

1. Verb. (music) To be dissonant. ¹

2. Verb. (music) To cause dissonance (in all senses). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dissonate

dissolved oxygen
dissolvents
dissolver
dissolvers
dissolves
dissolveth
dissolving
dissolving agent
dissonance
dissonances
dissonancies
dissonancy
dissonant
dissonantly
dissonate (current term)
dissonated
dissonates
dissonating
dissorophid
dissorophids
disspirit
disspirited
disspiriting
disspirits
dissuade
dissuaded
dissuader
dissuaders

Literary usage of Dissonate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Principles of Expression in Pianoforte Playing by Adolph Friedrich Christiani (1885)
"Syncopes, being indicated by a tie, = • \ • , which contracts two notes into one negative point, dissonate with the time individually. ' 1 1 &*"r etc., ..."

2. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1875)
"Upper partials may make the tone rough by their dissonance, even if the fundamental tones are too far removed from each other to dissonate. ..."

3. Principles of Pharmacy by Henry Vinecome Arny (1917)
"parts of water: slightly soluble in alcohol; on heating dissonate- oxygen, nitrogen, nitrogen dioxide and sodium oxide. For detail- - • I SI'., p. 393. ..."

4. A New Manual of Method by Alfred Hezekiah Garlick (1907)
"The class now feels the effects of tonic contrast. The notes do not harmonise, but dissonate. Each interval creates a want. ..."

5. The Ride Home: Poems, with The Marriage of Guineth; a Play in One Act by Florence Wilkinson Evans (1913)
"Swift as witch-runes from a book, Sharply dissonate words are shook Under her blue drift of plumage ..."

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