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

  Counterpoint \Coun"ter*point`\, n. [OF. contrepoincte,
     corruption of earlier counstepointe, countepointe, F.
     courtepointe, fr. L. culcita cushion, mattress (see Quilt,
     and cf. Cushion) + puncta, fem. p. p. of pungere to prick
     (see Point). The word properly meant a stitched quilt, with
     the colors broken one into another.]
     A coverlet; a cover for a bed, often stitched or broken into
     squares; a counterpane. See 1st Counterpane.
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           Embroidered coverlets or counterpoints of purple silk.
                                                    --Sir T.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Counterpoint \Coun"ter*point`\ (koun"t?r-point`), n. [Counter- +
     An opposite point [Obs.] --Sir E. Sandys.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Counterpoint \Coun"ter*point`\, n. [F. contrepoint; cf. It.
     contrappunto. Cf. Contrapuntal.] (Mus.)
     (a) The setting of note against note in harmony; the adding
         of one or more parts to a given canto fermo or melody.
     (b) The art of polyphony, or composite melody, i. e., melody
         not single, but moving attended by one or more related
     (c) Music in parts; part writing; harmony; polyphonic music.
         See Polyphony.
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               Counterpoint, an invention equivalent to a new
               creation of music.                   --Whewell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a musical form involving the simultaneous sound of two or
           more melodies
      v 1: to show differences when compared; be different; "the
           students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"
           [syn: contrast, counterpoint]
      2: write in counterpoint; "Bach perfected the art of

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  108 Moby Thesaurus words for "counterpoint":
     Alexandrine, Ambrosian chant, accent, accentuation, amphibrach,
     amphimacer, anacrusis, anapest, antipode, antipodes, antipole,
     antispast, antithesis, antonym, arsis, bacchius, beat, cadence,
     caesura, catalexis, chloriamb, chloriambus, colon, contra,
     contrapunto, converse, counter, counterbalance, countercheck,
     counterpoise, counterpole, counterterm, cretic, dactyl,
     dactylic hexameter, diaeresis, dimeter, dipody, dochmiac, elegiac,
     elegiac couplet, elegiac pentameter, emphasis, epitrite,
     false music, faux-bourdon, feminine caesura, foil, foot,
     heptameter, heptapody, heroic couplet, hexameter, hexapody, iamb,
     iambic, iambic pentameter, ictus, inverse, ionic, jingle, lilt,
     masculine caesura, measure, meter, metrical accent, metrical foot,
     metrical group, metrical unit, metron, molossus, mora, movement,
     musica ficta, numbers, obverse, offset, opposite, opposite number,
     paeon, pentameter, pentapody, period, polyphonism, polyphony,
     proceleusmatic, pyrrhic, quantity, reverse, rhythm, setoff,
     spondee, sprung rhythm, stress, swing, syzygy, tetrameter,
     tetrapody, tetraseme, the contrary, the other side, thesis,
     tribrach, trimeter, tripody, triseme, trochee, vis-a-vis

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