in unison


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Unison \U"ni*son\ (?; 277), n. [LL. unisonus having the same
   sound; L. unus one + sonus a sound: cf. F. unisson, It.
   unisono. See One, and Sound a noise.]
   1. Harmony; agreement; concord; union.
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   2. (Mus.) Identity in pitch; coincidence of sounds proceeding
      from an equality in the number of vibrations made in a
      given time by two or more sonorous bodies. Parts played or
      sung in octaves are also said to be in unison, or in
      octaves.
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   Note: If two cords of the same substance have equal length,
         thickness, and tension, they are said to be in unison,
         and their sounds will be in unison. Sounds of very
         different qualities and force may be in unison, as the
         sound of a bell may be in unison with a sound of a
         flute. Unison, then, consists in identity of pitch
         alone, irrespective of quality of sound, or timbre,
         whether of instruments or of human voices. A piece or
         passage is said to be sung or played in unison when all
         the voices or instruments perform the same part, in
         which sense unison is contradistinguished from harmony.
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   3. A single, unvaried. [R.] --Pope.
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   In unison, in agreement; agreeing in tone; in concord.
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