- characterized by or constituting a dissonance; discordant
- opposing in opinion, temperament, etc.; incompatible; incongruous
The sound that occurs when you play two cords on the piano that don't sound good together is an example of something that would be described as dissonant.
- Harsh and inharmonious in sound; discordant.
- Being at variance; disagreeing.
- Music Constituting or producing a dissonance.
Origin of dissonantMiddle English dissonaunt from Old French dissonant from Latin dissonāns dissonant- present participle of dissonāre to be dissonant dis- apart ; see dis- . sonāre to sound ; see swen- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more dissonant, superlative most dissonant)
- Of or pertaining to dissonance.
- The music was filled with dissonant chords.
From Middle French dissonant
- Smallville's Lex Luthor was not introduced as a villain, but more as dissonant friend for Clark in the series pilot.
- Thus b"c"' and b'bc" have each 66 beats per second, yet the former is more dissonant than the latter.
- But the interval b bc" gives nearly twice as many beats and is not nearly so dissonant.
- Thus the interval b'c" with frequencies 495 and 528, giving 33 beats in a second, is very dissonant.
- There will be a tone frequency 480 - 256 =224, and this will be very dissonant with 256.