(1) A musical form consisting of a theme repeated a fifth above or a fourth below its first statement
(2) A dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for hours or days
(3) Dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who they are and leaves home to creates a new life; during the fugue there is no memory of the former life; after recovering there is no memory for events during the dissociative state
- A contrapuntal piece of music wherein a particular melody is played in a number of voices. At the beginning of the piece, each voice is introduced in turn by playing the melody, after which it consists of a mix of counter-melodies, accompaniment passages, periods of rest, and returns to the main melody (often transformed in some way). Melody can be diminution and/or augmentation of the original melody.
- Anything in literature, poetry, film, painting, etc., that resembles a fugue in structure or in its elaborate complexity and formality.