from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The third tone in a diatonic musical scale, determining the major or minor quality of the tonic chord.
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- n. The third degree of the diatonic scale.
- n. A rational number whose numerator is the sum of the numerators of two other given rational numbers and whose denominator is the sum of the denominators of those same two other rational numbers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The third above the keynote; -- so called because it divides the interval between the tonic and dominant into two thirds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gregorian music, one of the principal tones of a mode, situated as nearly as possible midway between the dominant and the final, and ranking next in importance to them.
- n. In modern music, the third tone of the scale. The scale is major or minor according as the mediant is a major or a minor third above the key-note.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (music) the third note of a diatonic scale; midway between the tonic and the dominant
Italian mediante, from Late Latin mediāns, mediant-, present participle of mediāre, to be in the middle, from Latin medius, middle; see medium.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)