unison

noun
uni·​son | \ˈyü-nə-sən, -nə-zən\

Definition of unison 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : identity in musical pitch specifically : the interval of a perfect prime

b : the state of being so tuned or sounded

c : the writing, playing, or singing of parts in a musical passage at the same pitch or in octaves

2 : a harmonious agreement or union : concord

in unison

1 : in perfect agreement : so as to harmonize exactly a class reciting in unison

2 : at the same time : simultaneously

unison

adjective

Definition of unison (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : identical in musical pitch unison singing a unison passage accompanied by unison strings

2 : producing pitches ordinarily associated with the keys played one of the organ's unison stops

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Other Words from unison

Noun

unison adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for unison

Synonyms: Noun

accord, agreement, concurrence, concurrency, consensus, unanimity

Antonyms: Noun

conflict, disagreement, dissensus

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This word usually appears in the phrase "in unison", which means "together, at the same time" or "at the same musical pitch". So an excited crowd responding to a speaker may shout in unison, and a group of demonstrators may chant in unison. The old church music called Gregorian chant was written to be sung in unison, with no harmonizing voices, and kindergarten kids always sing in unison (at least when they can all find the same pitch). In a similar way, an aerobics class moves in unison following the instructor, and a group or even a whole town may work in unison when everyone agrees on a common goal.

Examples of unison in a Sentence

Noun

the members of the committee are in unison on this point

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yet, even as wins have failed to come, players have been in virtual unison that life has become better in the days since several left their final meeting with Andersen in tears. Danny Moran, OregonLive.com, "A different vibe: Oregon State fighting for Cory Hall, normalcy amid surreal season," 3 Nov. 2017 As the first quarter comes to a close, Hawkeye fans turn in unison to wave and smile at the patients at the university's children's hospital, reports CBS News correspondent Dana Jacobson. CBS News, "Iowa football's heartwarming tradition a bright spot for children's hospital patients," 2 Nov. 2017 The translation was, literally, faithful: God himself had moved their hands in unison, only one possible translation for his Word. Wyatt Mason, New York Times, "The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English," 2 Nov. 2017 Time Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford and her three daughters stood with Lions players for the singing of the national anthem as part of a broad show of unison before Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions players lock arms, some take knee during national anthem," 24 Sep. 2017 Fox attacks on his own, crouching, extending his arms and that 6-6 wingspan, moving his feet in unison with his opponent’s. Ailene Voisin, sacbee, "Meet De’Aaron Fox, new face of the Kings: An ‘old soul’ with taste for Beethoven," 22 Sep. 2017 For five minutes and 55 seconds, 50 independent stewards watched the dancers, making sure everyone moved in unison and kept dancing the entire time. Priscella Vega, Burbank Leader, "John Muir Middle School unofficially sets world record for largest Japanese fan dance," 22 Sep. 2017 Today, America’s major physician organizations are recommending something, strongly and in unison: The latest health-care bill, known as Graham-Cassidy, would do harm to the country and should be defeated. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Doctors: No," 21 Sep. 2017 Smartphone alerts beeped in unison and television stations suddenly cut to an ominous black screen with bold, white script warning of a possible missile attack. Charlie Campbell / Tokyo, Time, "'This Is All We Can Do': How the Japanese Are Preparing for a North Korean Nuclear Attack," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unison

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1598 , in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for unison

Noun

Middle English unisoun, from Middle French unisson, from Medieval Latin unisonus having the same sound, from Latin uni- + sonus sound — more at sound entry 1

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unison

noun
uni·​son | \ˈyü-nə-sən \

Kids Definition of unison

: the state of being tuned or sounded at the same pitch or at an octave

in unison

1 : in exact agreement They are in unison as to what to do next.

2 : at the same time … they all stuck their tongues out in unison— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

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