Meaning of counterpoint

coun•ter•point

Pronunciation: (koun'tur-point"), [key]
— n.
  1. the art of combining melodies.
  2. the texture resulting from the combining of individual melodic lines.
  3. a melody composed to be combined with another melody.
  4. Also calledsyncopation (def. 2).
  5. any element that is juxtaposed and contrasted with another.
—v.t.
  1. to emphasize or clarify by contrast or juxtaposition.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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