What does the word accompaniment mean?

Usage examples for accompaniment

  1. Chopin must have been sick of them, as sick of them as of the left- hand melody with arpeggiated accompaniment in the right, a la Thalberg. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  2. Now girls," she went on, as Leicester vanished, not without the usual accompaniment of an ear- splitting yell, " we're going to have an awful lot of fun; and we can make just as much noise and racket as we please; but all the same there's a lot of work to be done, and we're going to do it, and do it properly. – The Dorrance Domain by Carolyn Wells
  3. Miss Foster was to play the piano, borrowed for the occasion, with Peace to whistle the accompaniment. – Heart of Gold by Ruth Alberta Brown