from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sign used in the notation of plainsong during the Middle Ages, surviving today in transcriptions of Gregorian chants.
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- n. A sign used in early musical notation
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Modulation of the voice in singing.
- n. In music:
- n. A sign or character used in early medieval music to indicate a tone or a phrase.
- n. A melodic phrase or division, sung to a single syllable, especially at the end of a clause or sentence; a sequence.
Middle English, series of notes sung on one syllable, from Medieval Latin pneuma, from Greek, breath; see pneuma.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)