sym·​phon·​ic | \ sim-ˈfä-nik How to pronounce symphonic (audio) \

Definition of symphonic

2 : relating to or having the form or character of a symphony symphonic music
3 : suggestive of a symphony especially in form, interweaving of themes, or harmonious arrangement a symphonic drama

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Other Words from symphonic

symphonically \ sim-​ˈfä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce symphonically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of symphonic in a Sentence

the symphonic chorus of frogs in the spring
Recent Examples on the Web The movie – glacial, searching and symphonic – is a hymn, or prayer, examining the nature of sacrifice. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ is a hymn of defiance," 19 Dec. 2019 His direction here combines rigorous naturalism with a quietly symphonic undertow to great effect, echoed in the unsettling strains of Fitz Patton's transitional music and the somber shades of Yi Zhao's lighting. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Greater Clements': Theater Review," 10 Dec. 2019 The whole idea of grounding a vast true-life historical tale in a symphonic romance suggests 2005’s The New World, while the restless (and sometimes formless) storytelling has been present in all Malick’s work since 2011’s The Tree of Life. Darren Franich,, "A Hidden Life is the full Terrence Malick experience, vital even when it's glacial: Review," 12 Dec. 2019 Doncic runs the floor like a symphonic conductor, acutely aware of every nuance in the assembly, in complete command. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors destined to flounder, awaiting Splash Brothers’ return," 3 Dec. 2019 But many of the set pieces from previous years return, including huggable trees, the light chandeliers in the forest, the Symphony Woods where lights dance in sync to symphonic music. Steve Johnson,, "A guide to the biggest holiday lights shows in the Chicago area, including Zoolights and a brand new look for the Chicago Botanic Garden," 20 Nov. 2019 Imagine what the symphonic sound combined with his still-strong, 83-year-old velvety voice will be like. San Diego Union-Tribune, "12 things to do this weekend: Adams Avenue Street Fair, Pacific Islander Festival, ArtWalk Carlsbad and more," 20 Sep. 2019 To hear a trombone play a soft, lyrically seductive melodic phrase in the introduction of the Second Symphony — something that was new to symphonic music — was not incompetence but a vision for broadening of the aspects of beauty. Mark Swed,, "Dudamel untangles the strangeness of Schumann's symphonies," 29 May 2018 A few of her original blues songs will get a symphonic string quartet treatment. Hector Saldana,, "San Antonio singer Kara Stevens enters her blues period," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of symphonic

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Symphonic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce symphonic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of symphonic

: of or relating to a symphony or symphony orchestra


sym·​phon·​ic | \ sim-ˈfä-nik How to pronounce symphonic (audio) \

Kids Definition of symphonic

: relating to a symphony

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