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 for Close harmony
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Harmony \Har"mo*ny\ (h[aum]r"m[-o]*n[y^]), n.; pl. Harmonies
     (-n[i^]z). [F. harmonie, L. harmonia, Gr. "armoni`a joint,
     proportion, concord, fr. "armo`s a fitting or joining. See
     Article.]
     1. The just adaptation of parts to each other, in any system
        or combination of things, or in things intended to form a
        connected whole; such an agreement between the different
        parts of a design or composition as to produce unity of
        effect; as, the harmony of the universe.
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     2. Concord or agreement in facts, opinions, manners,
        interests, etc.; good correspondence; peace and
        friendship; as, good citizens live in harmony.
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     3. A literary work which brings together or arranges
        systematically parallel passages of historians respecting
        the same events, and shows their agreement or consistency;
        as, a harmony of the Gospels.
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     4. (Mus.)
        (a) A succession of chords according to the rules of
            progression and modulation.
        (b) The science which treats of their construction and
            progression.
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                  Ten thousand harps, that tuned
                  Angelic harmonies.                --Milton.
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     5. (Anat.) See Harmonic suture, under Harmonic.
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     Close harmony, Dispersed harmony, etc. See under Close,
        Dispersed, etc.
  
     Harmony of the spheres. See Music of the spheres, under
        Music.
  
     Syn: Harmony, Melody.
  
     Usage: Harmony results from the concord of two or more
            strains or sounds which differ in pitch and quality.
            Melody denotes the pleasing alternation and variety of
            musical and measured sounds, as they succeed each
            other in a single verse or strain.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Close \Close\ (kl[=o]s), a. [Compar. Closer (kl[=o]"s[~e]r);
     superl. Closest.] [Of. & F. clos, p. p. of clore. See
     Close, v. t.]
     1. Shut fast; closed; tight; as, a close box.
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              From a close bower this dainty music flowed.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. Narrow; confined; as, a close alley; close quarters. "A
        close prison." --Dickens.
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     3. Oppressive; without motion or ventilation; causing a
        feeling of lassitude; -- said of the air, weather, etc.
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              If the rooms be low-roofed, or full of windows and
              doors, the one maketh the air close, . . . and the
              other maketh it exceeding unequal.    --Bacon.
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     4. Strictly confined; carefully quarded; as, a close
        prisoner.
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     5. Out of the way observation; secluded; secret; hidden. "He
        yet kept himself close because of Saul." --1 Chron. xii. 1
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              "Her close intent."                   --Spenser.
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     6. Disposed to keep secrets; secretive; reticent. "For
        secrecy, no lady closer." --Shak.
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     7. Having the parts near each other; dense; solid; compact;
        as applied to bodies; viscous; tenacious; not volatile, as
        applied to liquids.
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              The golden globe being put into a press, . . . the
              water made itself way through the pores of that very
              close metal.                          --Locke.
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     8. Concise; to the point; as, close reasoning. "Where the
        original is close no version can reach it in the same
        compass." --Dryden.
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     9. Adjoining; near; either in space; time, or thought; --
        often followed by to.
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              Plant the spring crocuses close to a wall.
                                                    --Mortimer.
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              The thought of the Man of sorrows seemed a very
              close thing -- not a faint hearsay.   --G. Eliot.
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     10. Short; as, to cut grass or hair close.
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     11. Intimate; familiar; confidential.
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               League with you I seek
               And mutual amity, so strait, so close,
               That I with you must dwell, or you with me.
                                                    --Milton.
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     12. Nearly equal; almost evenly balanced; as, a close vote.
         "A close contest." --Prescott.
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     13. Difficult to obtain; as, money is close. --Bartlett.
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     14. Parsimonious; stingy. "A crusty old fellow, as close as a
         vise." --Hawthorne.
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     15. Adhering strictly to a standard or original; exact;
         strict; as, a close translation. --Locke.
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     16. Accurate; careful; precise; also, attentive; undeviating;
         strict; not wandering; as, a close observer.
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     17. (Phon.) Uttered with a relatively contracted opening of
         the mouth, as certain sounds of e and o in French,
         Italian, and German; -- opposed to open.
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     Close borough. See under Borough.
  
     Close breeding. See under Breeding.
  
     Close communion, communion in the Lord's supper, restricted
        to those who have received baptism by immersion.
  
     Close corporation, a body or corporation which fills its
        own vacancies.
  
     Close fertilization. (Bot.) See Fertilization.
  
     Close harmony (Mus.), compact harmony, in which the tones
        composing each chord are not widely distributed over
        several octaves.
  
     Close time, a fixed period during which killing game or
        catching certain fish is prohibited by law.
  
     Close vowel (Pron.), a vowel which is pronounced with a
        diminished aperture of the lips, or with contraction of
        the cavity of the mouth.
  
     Close to the wind (Naut.), directed as nearly to the point
        from which the wind blows as it is possible to sail;
        closehauled; -- said of a vessel.
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