unison

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English unisoun, from Middle French unisson, from Medieval Latin ūnisonus (having the same sound), from ūni- +‎ sonus (sound).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈjunɨsən/, /ˈjunɨzən/

Noun[edit]

unison (usually uncountable, plural unisons)

  1. (music, acoustics) Identical pitch between two notes or sounds; the simultaneous playing of notes of identical pitch (or separated by one or more octaves). [from 15th c.]
    • 2007 July 16, James R. Oestreich, “With Levine as Tour Guide, a Journey Through Mahler’s Third Symphony”, in New York Times[1]:
      The young principal timpanist, Timothy Genis, was superb throughout, though his sidekick timpanist sometimes lagged in the final unisons.
    The unison has a pitch ratio of 1:1.
  2. (music, acoustics) A sound or note having the same pitch as another, especially when used as the base note for an interval; a unison string. [from 15th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. III, ch. 88:
      I could not behold him without emotion; when he accosted me, his well-known voice made my heart vibrate, like a musical chord, when its unison is struck.
  3. The state of being in harmony or agreement; harmonious agreement or togetherness, synchronisation. [from 17th c.]
    Everyone moved in unison, but the sudden change in weight distribution capsized the boat.


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  • (in music): P1

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French unisson, from Latin unisonus.

Noun[edit]

unison n (uncountable)

  1. unison

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Swedish[edit]

20.000 sjöngo unisont (1937), the sing-along at Skansen

Adjective[edit]

unison (not comparable)

  1. in unison (of song)
    unison sång
    sing-along

Declension[edit]

Inflection of unison
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular unison
Neuter singular unisont
Plural unisona
Masculine plural3 unisone
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 unisone
All unisona
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic

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