Definition for COUN'TER-POINT

COUN'TER-POINT, n. [Fr. contrepointe; Arm. contrepoentenn; It. contrappunto; contre and point.]

  1. A coverlet; a cover for a bed, stitched or woven in squares; written corruptly counterpane.
  2. In music, counterpoint is when the musical characters by which the notes in each part are signified, are placed in such a manner, each with respect to each, as to show how the parts answer one to another. Hence counterpoint in composition is the art of combining and modulating consonant sounds. – Encyc. Busby.
  3. An opposite point. – Sandys.

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