counterpoint


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Counterpoint \Coun"ter*point`\, n. [OF. contrepoincte,
   corruption of earlier counstepointe, countepointe, F.
   courtepointe, fr. L. culcita cushion, mattress (see Quilt,
   and cf. Cushion) + puncta, fem. p. p. of pungere to prick
   (see Point). The word properly meant a stitched quilt, with
   the colors broken one into another.]
   A coverlet; a cover for a bed, often stitched or broken into
   squares; a counterpane. See 1st Counterpane.
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         Embroidered coverlets or counterpoints of purple silk.
                                                  --Sir T.
                                                  North.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Counterpoint \Coun"ter*point`\ (koun"t?r-point`), n. [Counter- +
   point.]
   An opposite point [Obs.] --Sir E. Sandys.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Counterpoint \Coun"ter*point`\, n. [F. contrepoint; cf. It.
   contrappunto. Cf. Contrapuntal.] (Mus.)
   (a) The setting of note against note in harmony; the adding
       of one or more parts to a given canto fermo or melody.
   (b) The art of polyphony, or composite melody, i. e., melody
       not single, but moving attended by one or more related
       melodies.
   (c) Music in parts; part writing; harmony; polyphonic music.
       See Polyphony.
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             Counterpoint, an invention equivalent to a new
             creation of music.                   --Whewell.
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