ac·com·pa·ni·ment /əˈkʌmpənimənt, ˈkʌmpni-/
Ac·com·pa·ni·ment n. That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry. Specifically: Mus. A part performed by instruments, accompanying another part or parts performed by voices; the subordinate part, or parts, accompanying the voice or a principal instrument; also, the harmony of a figured bass.
n 1: an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in
connection with another [syn: concomitant, co-occurrence]
2: a subordinate musical part; provides background for more
important parts [syn: musical accompaniment, backup, support]
3: the act of accompanying someone or something in order to
protect them [syn: escort]