Definition of Monophonic

1. Adjective. Designating sound transmission or recording or reproduction over a single channel.

Exact synonyms: Mono, Single-channel
Category relationships: Electronics
Similar to: Monaural



2. Adjective. Consisting of a single melodic line.
Category relationships: Music
Similar to: Homophonic, Monodic, Monodical
Derivative terms: Monophony
Antonyms: Polyphonic

Definition of Monophonic

1. a. Single-voiced; having but one part; as, a monophonic composition; -- opposed to polyphonic.

Definition of Monophonic

1. Adjective. (context: of sound reproduction) having a single channel; monaural (compare stereophonic) ¹

2. Adjective. (music) having a single melodic line and no harmony (compare polyphonic) ¹

3. Adjective. (orthography) having simple one-to-one mapping between letters and phonemes ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Monophonic

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Monophonic

monopersonal
monopetalous
monophage
monophagies
monophagism
monophagous
monophagy
monophasia
monophasic
monophasic complex
monophenol
monophenol monooxygenase
monophenol oxidase
monophenols
monophobia
monophonic (current term)
monophonic music
monophonically
monophonies
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monophosphane
monophosphanes
monophosphatase
monophosphatases
monophosphate
monophosphates
monophosphide
monophosphides
monophosphoryl
monophosphorylated

Literary usage of Monophonic

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

1. What is Good Music?: Suggestions to Persons Desiring to Cultivate a Taste in by William James Henderson (1898)
"Polyphonic devices are sometimes introduced in monophonic compositions for the sake of contrast and The solo- voice style. Dominance of son f- thought. ..."

2. How Music Developed: A Critical and Explanatory Account of the Growth of by William James Henderson (1898)
"THE fundamental difference between the sonata and the polyphonic forms is that the sonata is written in the monophonic style. ..."

3. The American History and Encyclopedia of Music by Janet M. Green, Josephine Thrall (1908)
"In this chapter we treat largely of the monophonic forms of instrumental music. The difference between polyphonic and monophonic forms has already been ..."

4. A Complete History of Music, for Schools, Clubs, and Private Readings by Winton James Baltzell (1905)
"monophonic music might best be represented by one horizontal line supported at intervals by short, perpendicular lines. In this case the horizontal line ..."

5. Aesthetics: A Critical Theory of Art by Henry G. Hartman (1919)
"2 The student of music, will, also, soon discover "that there are two great classes of forms—polyphonic and monophonic—many-voiced and single-voiced. ..."

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