Dictionary: HAR'MEL – HAR'MO-NY

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The wild African rue.


Hurtful; injurious; noxious; detrimental; mischievous. The earth brought forth fruit and food for man, without any mixture of harmful quality. Ralegh.


Hurtfully; injuriously; with damage. Ascham.


Hurtfulness; noxiousness.

HARM'ING, ppr.

Hurting; injuring,


  1. Not hurtful or injurious; innoxious. Ceremonies are harmless in themselves. Hooker.
  2. Unhurt; undamaged; uninjured; as, to give bond to save another harmless.
  3. Innocent; not guilty. Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. Heb. vii.


  1. Innocently; without fault or crime; as, to pass the time harmlessly in recreations.
  2. Without hurt or damage. Bullets fall harmlessly into wood or feathers. Decay of Piety.


  1. The quality of being innoxious; freedom from a tendency to injure.
  2. Innocence.

HAR-MON'IC, or HAR-MON'IC-AL, a. [See Harmony.]

  1. Relating to harmony or music; as, harmonical use. Bacon.
  2. Concordant; musical; consonant; as, harmonic sounds. Harmonic twang of leather, horn and brass. Pope. The basis of an harmonic system. Encyc. The harmonic elements are the three smallest concords. Edin. Encyc.
  3. An epithet applied to the accessory sounds which accompany the predominant and apparently simple tone of any chord or string. Harmonical mean, in arithmetic and algebra, a term used to express certain relations of numbers and quantities, which are supposed to bear an analogy to musical consonances. Harmonical proportion, in arithmetic and algebra, is said to obtain between three quantities, or four quantities, in certain cases. Harmonical series, a series of many numbers in continued harmonical proportion. Cyc.


A collection of musical glasses of a particular form, so arranged as to produce exquisite music. Encyc.




  1. Harmonious sounds; consonances.
  2. The doctrine or science of musical sounds. Smith.
  3. Derivative sounds, generated with predominant sounds, and produced by subordinate vibrations of a chord or string, when its whole length vibrates. These shorter vibrations produce more acute sounds, and are called acute harmonics.
  4. Grave harmonics are low sounds which accompany every perfect consonance of two sounds. Edin. Encyc.


  1. Adapted to each other; having the parts proportioned to each other; symmetrical. God hath made the intellectual world harmonious and beautiful without us. Locke.
  2. Concordant; consonant; symphonious; musical. Harmonious sounds are such as accord, and are agreeahle to the ear.
  3. Agreeing; living in peace and friendship; as, a harmonious family or society.


  1. With just adaptation and proportion of parts to each other. Distances, motions, and quantities of matter harmoniously adjusted in this great variety of our system. Bentley.
  2. With accordance of sounds; musically; in concord.
  3. In agreement; in peace and friendship.


  1. Proportion and adaptation of parts; musicalness.
  2. Agreement; concord.

HAR-MON'I-PHON, n. [Gr. άρμονια and φωνη.]

A musical instrument whose sound is produced by the vibration of thin metallic plates. The air which acts on these vibrating substances is blown by the mouth through an elastic tube. It is played with keys like a piano-forte.


  1. A musician; a composer of music.
  2. One who brings together corresponding passages, to show their agreement.


  1. To be in concord; to agree in sounds.
  2. To agree; to be in peace and friendship; as individuals or families.
  3. To agree in sense or purport; as, the arguments harmonize; the facts stated by different witnesses harmonize.


  1. To adjust in fit proportions; to cause to agree.
  2. To make musical; to combine according to the laws of counterpoint..


Made to be accordant.


  1. One that brings together or reconciles.
  2. In music, a practical harmonist.


Being in accordance; bringing to an agreement


Causing to agree.

HAR-MO-NOM'E-TER, n. [Gr. άρμονια, and μετρον.]

An instrument or monochord for measuring the harmonic relations of sounds.

HAR'MO-NY, n. [L. harmonia; Gr. άρμονια, a setting together, a closure or seam, agreement, concert, from αρω, to fit or adapt, to square; Sp. armonia; It. id.; Fr. harmonie. If the Greek αρω is a contracted word, for καρω, which is probable, it may be the French carrer, equarrir.]

  1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system or composition of things, intended to form a connected whole; as, the harmony of the universe. Equality and correspondence are the causes of harmony. Bacon. All discord, harmony not understood. Pope.
  2. Just proportion of sound; consonance; musical concord; the accordance of two or more intervals or sounds, or that union of different sounds which pleases the ear; or a succession of such sounds, called chords. Ten thousand harps that tuned Angelic harmonies. Milton.
  3. Concord; agreement; accordance in facts; as, the harmony of the Gospels.
  4. Concord or agreement in views, sentiments or manners, interests, &c.; good correspondence; peace and friendship. The citizens live in harmony.
  5. Natural harmony, in music, consists of the harmonic triad or common chord. Artificial harmony, is a mixture of concords and discords. Figured harmony, is when one or more of the parts move, during the continuance of a chord, through certain notes which do not form any of the constituent parts of that chord. Busby.
  6. Perfect harmony implies the use of untempered concords only. Tempered harmony is when the notes are varied by temperament. [See Temperament.] Encyc.
  7. A literary work which brings together parallel passages of historians respecting the same events, and shows their amement or consistency.
  8. The agreement or consistency of different histories of the same events; as, the harmony of the Gospels.